BBC Two today (Thursday 5th October) announces it has commissioned Romesh’s Really Rough Guide (working title), a 3 x 60’ series from Rumpus Media.

Romesh Ranganathan is a comedian and TV presenter whose idea of a nice trip away is two weeks in the Algarve. In this series, he’s travelling way beyond his comfort zone and the world of a complimentary breakfast buffet as he ventures to some of the most beautiful but dangerous places on earth.

Hosted by locals and fully immersed in the local culture, he’s going to be given an eye opening, and at times heart stopping, insider’s guide to countries that are big on natural beauty, character and charm. Largely unspoiled by hordes of tourists because of their bad reputations, Romesh will discover why they’re perceived to be amongst the most dangerous on Earth and therefore not generally on your average holiday wish list.

Holidaying where other (some may say wiser) people fear to venture, he will forego home comforts to really explore the heart of these areas, challenging both his own and our preconceptions about them, ultimately exploring whether they are as dangerous as we are led to believe or in fact well worth visiting.

Romesh Ranganathan said: “I got fed up with people telling me that doing travel shows was essentially a paid holiday, so I decided to tackle that by doing one where I could actually die.”

Emily Hudd, Rumpus Media, Joint Managing Director said: “We’re so excited to be working with Romesh again on this new series for BBC Two, as he gives us his uniquely funny take on some of the most beautiful yet dangerous places on the planet. Are they as terrifying as we think, or could you actually have a lovely holiday there? Luckily for us, Romesh is going on ahead to find out.”

David Brindley, Head of Popular Factual at BBC said: “I’m delighted to be working with Romesh. The prospect of him acting as our guide to places many would fear to tread was too enticing to resist. I wish him an action-packed, but safe trip!”  

Romesh’s Really Rough Guide (3 x 60’) was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two, and David Brindley, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment. It is being produced by Rumpus Media where the show will be executive produced by Emily Hudd and Series Directed by Chris Cottam. Catherine Catton is the Commissioning Editor.


For further information please contact Annabel Rudden for Rumpus Media on 020 8995 3936 or

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About Rumpus Media: 

Rumpus Media was founded in 2013 by Emily Hudd and Iain Wimbush. Recent credits include two series of BBC’s hugely popular Asian Provocateur with Romesh Ranganathan which launched on BBC Three and was repeated on BBC One; Channel 4’s Immigrants Guide to Britain, which won best comedy format at MIP this year; Jon Richardson’s How to Survive the End of the World for Channel 4; critically acclaimed A Granny’s Guide to the Modern World with Barry Humphries; as well as a range of one-off programmes including Annie Mac: Who Killed the Night? For BBC Three; Sounds Random for BBC Three and Second Opinion for BBC Two. 

They have also just completed the upcoming series for Sky Arts Passions: Richard Pryor by Romesh Ranganathan. Currently airing on Comedy Central they have BBCWW and Comedy Central’s Joel and Nish vs the World and All Star Driving which are transmitting E4.