8:30pm – Tuesday, October 26 on ABC1
In this two-part series Kevin goes on an epic two-week journey to experience the beauty and horror of one of the most extreme urban environments on earth.
After 10 years celebrating homes in Britain, Kevin now experiences life in India’s largest slum – Mumbai’s Dharavi, made famous by the film Slumdog Millionaire, where disease is rife, water is contaminated and sanitation is basic.
With one million people crammed into one square mile (2.6 square kilometres), Dharavi is one of Asia’s biggest slums and one of the most densely populated places on the planet.
Dharavi has been hailed by architects, planners and even Prince Charles, as offering solutions to some of our largest Western cities’ biggest problems, like crime, lack of community and of sustainable living.
As Kevin enters Dharavi he finds open sewers, rats and hazardous chemicals everywhere.
However, he also discovers that it is a highly organised place with thousands of tiny industries.
Over the first week, he fully immerses himself in slum life – eating, sleeping and washing with people with whom he stays. And in doing so, he discovers an extraordinary sense of spirit and community despite the hardships.