“Fiendishly addictive series” – Michael Hogan, Daily Telegraph
“Race Across the World is probably the best new series of 2019” – David Stephenson, Sunday Express
BBC TWO’s hit global travel series, Race Across the World, has been recommissioned for two new bumper-length eight-part series.
The first series launched in spring this year and was the highest rated episode of a new factual entertainment title across BBC Two and Channel 4 since 2016.
In these new series, pairs of travellers will race from the start line in one part of the world to the finish thousands of miles away - without the use of air travel or any of the trappings of modern-day life. They must navigate their way through the varied landscapes of countries at ground level, with only the cash equivalent of the airfare to their final destination.
As in the first series, which saw teams race from London to Singapore, the competing travellers will discover that to reach the finish line quickest and win the cash prize, they need to rely on the kindness of strangers and use every ounce of their travel skills and ingenuity. They’ll have no mobile phones, internet access or credit cards to assist them.
Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two says: “Race Across World shows the ambition and creative risk-taking that is possible on BBC Two. I am delighted that it’s spirit of adventure, open heartedness and sheer sense of possibility, unique qualities that could only have developed on BBC Two, chimed so well with audiences young and old.’
David Brindley, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment, says: “We’re thrilled to be bringing back Race Across the World for a further two series. Over three million people enjoyed the finale of the first series and it became a huge word-of-mouth hit. To have developed and launched the biggest new factual entertainment title on BBC Two since 2016 is a real result and I can’t wait to see where the journey will take our brave explorers next.”
Tim Harcourt, Creative Director, Studio Lambert says: “Race Across the World was an epic and ambitious series and we’re thrilled it delighted viewers and captured the imaginations of both young and old. Series two will retain the jaw-dropping landscapes, charm and appeal of series one, but with a new and longer route there are sure to be fresh challenges and surprises our teams will face.”
Race Across the World was recommissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two and David Brindley, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Michael Jochnowitz. Mark Saben, Stephen Day, Matt Smith and Tim Harcourt are the Executive Producers for Studio Lambert. Lucy Curtis is the Series Producer.