Grayson Perry explores the landmark events in all of our lives--Birth, Coming of Age, Marriage and Death. He works alongside people who are going through those universal experiences with the aim to try and reinvent these rites of passage so he can mark and celebrate them for modern secular Britain.

In a major departure for Grayson, each episode sees him experiencing an extraordinary rite of passage in a number of worldwide societies – journeys well outside his usual comfort zone. These include the beautiful and haunting birth ceremony in Bali, a visceral coming of age ceremony amongst the Tikuna people of the western Amazon, a traditional Shinto wedding in Urban Japan, and the unique death rituals of the Toraja people of Indonesian Sulawesi, involving mummified human corpses and buffalo sacrifice.

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Premiere Date: Aug/23/2018

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Grayson Perry: Rites of Passage season 1 episode 3

Season 1, Episode 3: Birth

Grayson Perry continues his exploration of the importance of ritual in our lives. Bringing a child into the world is surely one of the most consequential things we can do, but how should we celebrate this life-changing moment? Grayson Perry begins hi...

Air Date: Sep 06, 2018

Grayson Perry: Rites of Passage season 1 episode 4

Season 1, Episode 4: Coming of Age

In this closing episode, the rite of passage Grayson Perry explores is one with meaning and importance we often struggle to comprehend in modern Britain: coming of age. Grayson travels to the most remote place he's ever visited - deep into the A...

Air Date: Sep 13, 2018

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