If you were tasked to race across the world with limited cash and nothing in the way of modern technology, how do you think you’d fare? This Spring, a brand-new BBC Two series will see five teams attempt just that. Race Across The World takes viewers on the trip of a lifetime, following our contestants as they embark on an epic and adrenaline-fuelled adventure, travelling into the unknown without the trappings of modern life.
Our five pairs set off on a race to Singapore without taking a single flight. They will leave behind their smartphones, internet access and credit cards, and will be armed with only the cash equivalent of a one-way airfare to Singapore, the furthest destination by land and rail from the UK, to pay for the entire journey. If they run out, they'll need to earn more. In a competition that sees our teams travel through rather than fly over, their skill, ingenuity and determination will be tested to the extreme as they race through some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, form bonds and friendships across cultural divides and rely on the kindness of strangers in order to stand the best chance of winning.
In the first episode, the teams set off from Greenwich. They must pass through five checkpoints to reach their final destination. First up: the ancient city of Delphi.
Now in their late 50s Sue and Clare have been lifelong friends since school and want to re-live and recapture the magic of the cross-Europe trip they made together 30 years ago. A chance encounter helps them realise they should have put a bit more planning into this crucial first leg.
With his copy of Sophocles in his rucksack, Felix, along with business partner Josh, is impatient to get going but quickly finds out how easy it is, with an estimated 50 days of the journey still to go, to burn through their budget.
Natalie and Shameema, best friends since they met at a youth club aged nine, are determined to save money and so adopt a very focused strategy to do just that – be nice to people along the way, in the hope they will repay this kindness with a train ticket or two. Will it work?
Married couple Jinda and Bindu’s strong negotiation skills stand them in good stead but an unexpected emergency has their trip hanging in the balance.
And as the first day draws to a close, father and son, Darron and Alex have yet to leave London – they’re patiently waiting for an overnight coach to Germany, aiming to leap-frog their fellow competitors and get ahead of the pack in the dash to Delphi.
The race is on, and the stakes are high - everyone wants to be first to the finish line and win the cash prize. As the series unfolds we will see chance encounters, cultural revelations, friendships formed, relationships tested and bonds strengthened as the teams experience, and come face-to-face with, some of the most awe-inspiring locations that modern-day travellers seldom get to see. The dramatic scale and thrilling unpredictability of the race is sure to change their lives forever. The Race Across the World has begun.
We buy over 95% of our groceries from just 10 supermarket chains. But is the food we buy in them always the best for our pockets and the best for our health?
In brand new investigative consumer series Secrets Of Your Supermarket Food, presenters Sian Williams and Stefan Gates reveal the essential truths you and your family need to know about the what goes into your shopping basket. Using the latest research, they investigate how our supermarket food is grown and made and reveal the tricks of the trade the supermarkets use to get us to part with our hard-earned cash.
With the help of a different top tester family each week the duo uncover the truth behind the labels and travel around the country visiting farms and labs and meeting experts and consumers to uncover the latest research about exactly what we’re feeding our families.
This week on Secret Of Your Supermarket Food we’re unpacking our basket to reveal the truth about the so-called healthy food we buy from our supermarkets. Sian investigates how the new convenience breakfast products are full of unhealthy sugar, gets to the truth about whether the gluten free products packing out the shelves are really a healthier choice for many of us, discovers that fresh fruit may not be as freshly picked as we think and how much money we could save if we cut up our own fruit and veg. Meanwhile Stefan discovers the dangerous superbugs lurking in our salad bags and the duo reveal that added protein products seem to be less about building healthy bodies and more about building healthy profits for the manufacturers.
How do some people stay slim despite never dieting and appearing not to exercise? In this series Sabrina Grant examines the lives of slim people who don't stick to a fitness regime or seem to worry about what they eat. They don't think they do anything differently from anyone else. With the help of private detectives and secret cameras this series unpicks their every move and morsel to find out what determines their size. With Britain in the middle of an obesity crisis what simple tips can we learn from people who stay trim without trying? This week James from Manchester is struggling to put on weight despite what he eats. Sabina also meets Margaret and looks for tips in her routine.
Tony's journey across India and Burma begins in India's mega capital Delhi where he visits one of the city's oldest markets, Chandni Chowk. He learns to make a local paratha bread, and meets two Delhi natives who help him understand how a city with a population of over 20 million people functions. Before leaving Delhi Tony takes a boat to the Yamuna River to join locals in a spectacular ritual feeding thousands of birds that migrate from Siberia to Delhi each winter.
Tony jumps on a crammed sleeper train on one of the busiest railway networks in the world which races him towards the foothills of the Himalayas in Northern India. He tests the Himalayan Mountain Railway, an engineering miracle built by the Brits that was originally used for transporting tea down the mountains before visiting the famous Glenburn Tea Estate where he gets schooled on the proper way to drink tea. From here Tony commandeers a vintage Land Rover to drive to a remote mountain village where he spends a restless night with the Lepchas tribe.
Next, Tony crosses the Bay of Bengal to Burma, where his first stop is in the historic city of Mandalay. He visits an extraordinary market built literally on the train tracks where a local man invites him to a colourful spirit ceremony.
Tony then takes an ox cart to a nearby settlement to get a flavour of Burmese village life. He tries his hand at pottery making, something he has never done before, and gets to know about toddy palm wine that's locally known as 'sky beer'.
Finally Tony then travels to the ancient city of Bagan, where he visits a famous temple to discover it’s dark past before jumping in a hot air balloon and rising high above the plains to see the full splendour of the 2500 temples, pagodas and stupas that fill the surround countryside.
Shaira is a 19-year old Manchester University student. She comes from a life of extreme privilege, and prior to university she attended an exclusive £100,000 per year private Swiss school. Shaira has a passion for fashion and an impressive collection of handbags that includes a £1200 Louis Vuitton overnight bag. Her love of luxury brands has led her to set up her own online label named ‘Shaira Couture’.
Shaira will be going to stay with Tara, Paul and their two children in Northampton. They struggle to get by on Paul’s uncertain income as a painter/decorator, while full-time mum Tara brings in no wages since her maternity pay recently stopped.
Meeting this family is a real wake-up call for Shaira whose monthly expenditure on
eating out and cosmetics is more than what Tara and Paul have to live on for a whole month. The vast difference in their financial situation is hard to hear and reduces Tara to tears. Shaira goes on expensive holidays up to five times a year and a holiday to the
Maldives cost a whopping £20,000. In contrast, Tara and Paul have no spare money to pay for a holiday, in fact they haven’t even had a night out since before their youngest child was born over a year ago.
During her time with the family, Shaira takes on baby-sitting duties so that Tara and Paul can have a much-needed night out. Child-minding might be a first for Shaira but
after a frantic few hours of trying to entertain 2-year old Sebastian she finally manages to get him to sleep before Tara and Paul return home to find her exhausted.
Shaira is tasked with other chores she has never done before, like helping Paul build a children’s play area, and shopping for, and then cooking, her first roast dinner. Facetime reports back to her friend Ren reveal how hard, but valuable, Shaira has found the experience of living skint.
Shaira leaves with a new understanding of how families living on the breadline struggle to make ends meet and learns some important life lessons too, as well as making some real friends for life.
Tonight, three builder mates face the challenge of completing outrageous games on a hangover when comedian, Matt Richardson wakes them up after a very big night on the town. Can they fight off their hangovers enough to remember events from the night before or face a professional paintballer shooting at them, a gross drinking game called Rough as a Badger’s Arse and tonight’s Hangover Hell involves a stomach churning spinning cement mixer.
Out of the thousands who applied, this series’ amateur cooks have made it through to compete over four weeks of Heats, ready to produce some of the most inspiring, exceptional and unusual food ever seen on the series.
It’s the last week of heats and seven more hopefuls need to pull out all the stops to prove to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to rise above the rest to become MasterChef 2019 Champion.
This year sees the return of the MasterChef Market, stocked full of the best quality produce from across the world including meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts, pulses, grains and dairy. The challenge is to invent and then cook one dish using anything from the Market. This time, the featured ingredients include tiger prawns, squid, salmon fillets, duck legs and lamb mince. They have an hour and 10 minutes to dazzle the judges and prove they are good enough to stay in the competition. The stakes are high in this round and it’s important to choose wisely because after tasting all seven dishes, John and Gregg will decide which four cooks are good enough to stay, while three cooks will be sent straight home.
The four remaining cooks now have one more challenge standing between them and a Quarter Final place. They must cook two courses that will excite not just John and Gregg, but also some very special guests. Some of MasterChef’s most inspiring winners and finalists return to judge the food of this year’s new contenders to the throne. In this Heat, the contestants must attempt to impress MasterChef Champions Shelina Permalloo (2012) Mat Follas (2009) and Finalist Dean Edwards (2006).
After the four hopefuls have cooked, John and Gregg will decide which three contestants deserve to take the next step in the competition and go through to Friday’s Quarter Final. In a competition where only the food matters, these amateurs will need to be good to survive - taking their first step towards being crowned MasterChef Champion 2019.
Judge John Torode
Judge Gregg Wallace
In this Heat, the last group of seven amateur cooks try to prove to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be the 2019 MasterChef Champion.
This year sees the return of the MasterChef Market, stocked full of the best quality produce from across the world including meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts, pulses, grains and dairy. The challenge is to invent and then cook one dish using anything from the Market. This time, the featured ingredients include tofu, pouissin, bone marrow, pork tenderloin, halibut fillets, sea bass and razor clams. They have an hour and 10 minutes to dazzle the judges and prove they are good enough to stay in the competition. The stakes are high in this round and it’s important to choose wisely because after tasting all seven dishes, John and Gregg will decide which four cooks are good enough to stay, while three cooks will be sent straight home.
The four remaining cooks now have one more challenge standing between them and a Quarter Final place. They must cook an impressive menu that will excite not just John and Gregg, but also some very special guests. In this second Heat, the contestants must attempt to impress the final three from MasterChef 2010 – Finalists Tim Kinnaird and Alex Rushmer and Champion Dhruv Baker.
After the four hopefuls have cooked, John and Gregg will decide who has what it takes to go through to Friday’s Quarter Final. In a competition where only the food matters, these amateurs will need to be good to survive - taking their first step towards being crowned MasterChef Champion 2019.
Judge John Torode
Judge Gregg Wallace
It’s the last Quarter Final and the six talented Heat winners have no time to rest on their laurels as they continue to fight for their place in the competition.
In the Critic’s Test, the week’s best amateurs will be put through the mill with a seriously daunting test set by one of the country’s toughest food critics. Tonight’s brief has been set by Amol Rajan.
His challenge for the amateur cooks is to make their own interpretation of the British classic, Afternoon Tea.
After cooking their dish based on this brief, the contestants stand before Amol Rajan and judges John and Gregg, to hear, face-to-face, what they think of their dish and whether they’ve managed to rise to the challenge and fulfil the expectations.
At the end of this Quarter Final, the best cooks will go through to Knockout Week, taking another step closer to being crowned MasterChef Champion 2019.
Judge John Torode
Judge Gregg Wallace
Guest Judge Amol Rajan
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