Channel 5 today announces that presenter and actor, Sir Tony Robinson is travelling around the globe by train for a co-produced series, Around the World in 80 Trains, by Rumpus Media and Motion Content Group.

The 6x60’ series, Around the World in 80 Trains will take viewers on a whirlwind journey around the globe with Sir Tony jumping on and off trains across Europe and then heading east through India, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, Japan and finally the USA.

Along the way he will disembark to experience the things that fascinate him the most. In every episode Sir Tony will be finding adventure and facing challenges; mastering the art of herding camels by a helicopter in the Australian outback, joining the musical parade through the streets of New Orleans, abseiling an enormous tree in the Malaysian rainforest.

As well as exploring the history and culture of each place he visits, Sir Tony will be experiencing the local traditions, customs, and way of life.  He’ll be digging his own onsen hot bath in the mountains of Japan, discovering the particular art of fishing off the southern coast of Thailand and uncovering a long-lost Byzantine city in Istanbul.

Sir Tony Robinson said: “It was an unforgettable and often madcap adventure! These trains didn’t just deliver landscapes of breathtaking beauty, they took me into the heart of countless local communities and introduced me to some amazing people. This six-part series was the perfect way to explore this great big rock we all live on!”

Fintan Maguire, Head of Popular Factual at Rumpus Media, said: “Trains are a romantic and intimate way to see the most spectacular places on the planet. Sir Tony Robinson will be perfectly insightful and entertaining, taking us on a fantastically enjoyable journey.”

Abigail Adams, Executive Producer at Motion Content Group, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Rumpus Media and Sir Tony Robinson again for Channel 5, on what will prove to be a fascinating and awe-inspiring journey around the globe.” 

The series was commissioned for Channel 5. It is being Executive Produced by Fintan Maguire and Chris Parkin for Rumpus Media. Abigail Adams is Executive Producer for Motion Content Group.

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About Channel 5:

Channel 5 is a public service broadcaster and the UK’s third latest commercial TV station.  Launched in March 1997 Channel 5 has been owned by Viacom International Media Networks since September 2014.  Channel 5, 5STAR, 5USA, 5Spike, 5Select and My5 TV reach 3 in 4 of the UK viewing public each month with a diverse schedule including issue-led documentaries, popular factual, accessible history, stunning natural history, inclusive entertainment and reality, top level sport, high quality scripted programming and critically acclaimed children’s and news programming. Through its agenda-driving commissions, Channel 5 has led on societal issues from inequality to inner city gang life, homelessness to mental health, aiming to tell the story of modern Britain by reflecting the lives of people across the nation.  My5 is an on-demand service allowing viewers to watch content online for free from Channel 5, 5STAR, 5USA, 5Select and 5Spike. In 2018, Channel 5 won its first BAFTA for Cruising with Jane McDonald and was named ‘Channel of the Year’ at the Edinburgh TV Festival.

About Viacom International Media Networks:

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is comprised of many of the world’s most popular multimedia entertainment brands, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount Channel, VH1, VIVA and COLORS. Viacom brands are seen globally in more than 600 million households in 170 territories and 37 languages via more than 200 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile TV properties. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom’s blog at and Twitter feed at

About Rumpus Media

Rumpus Media was founded in 2013 by Emily Hudd and Iain Wimbush. Since then it has developed a number of successful projects including the first and second series of The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan for BBC Two, first and second series of Asian Provocateur with Romesh Ranganathan for BBC Three (each 6 x 30) and a one-hour documentary for Sky Arts’ Passions strand on Richard Pryor.

Currently on air the second series of Joel and Nish vs The World for Comedy Central. Also due to air is Murder in Paradise on Channel 5 and Blindboy Undestroys The World for BBC Three.

About Motion Content Group

Motion Content Group is a global content investment and rights management company which invests and partners with the world’s leading talent, producers, and distributors to fund, develop, produce, and distribute premium content for the global benefit of our content partners and networks, platforms, and advertisers. Motion utilizes the unique worldwide infrastructure and deep commercial relationships of GroupM and WPP to the benefit of our content partners and advertisers. Motion investments and collaborations support the editorial and commercial requirements of producers, networks, and platforms in order to support contextually safe, high-quality advertising environments. Headquartered in London and Los Angeles, the business currently operates in 26 countries worldwide, with Motion’s broad range of award winning programming distributed globally.