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Celebrity Race Across The World

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The global travel format, Race Across the World, has been commissioned by BBC One for a celebrity special, it was announced today. 

The popular format made by Studio Lambert is currently filming its second series for BBC Two. The first series boasted the highest rated episode of a new factual entertainment title on BBC Two since 2016. 

In this special celebrity version, four familiar faces will race with a loved one or close friend 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 trappings of modern-day life. Stripped of all mod-cons and all luxuries they will have to rely on their skills, cunning, ingenuity and talent rather than the privileges and perks of fame in order to succeed. This journey will give a unique insight into the celebrities and their relationship with their travelling companions as they are pushed to the absolute limit. 

Over the course of six episodes, the four competing teams will come face to face with the challenge of travelling without the use of credit cards, smartphones or access to the internet. With just the cash equivalent of a one-way airfare to their final destination they will have to earn extra money along the way as well as call upon the kindness of strangers to help them progress, and ultimately win, this race of a lifetime. 

David Brindley, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment, said: "We've been thrilled by the success of Race Across the World on BBC Two and now are incredibly excited to bring some famous faces to what will be an adrenaline-filled and entertaining series on BBC One. Our celebrities won't be able to rely on their fame and fortune on this journey and we can't wait to see whose wit and skill gets them to the finish line first, in what is fast becoming one of the most revealing and testing challenges on TV.” 

Details of the celebrities taking part have yet to be announced.

3 October 2019


New Thriller For BBC Two

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BBC Two is to screen the eight part thriller Giri/Haji (Duty/Shame), that explores the butterfly effect of one murder upon two very different cities. 

It features celebrated Japanese stars Takehiro Hira and Yosuke Kubozuka who play Kenzo (Hira), and Yuto (Kubozuka), once devoted and now estranged brothers, driven to opposite sides of the world by the spiralling consequences of one violent split-second decision. 

The UK cast sees Kelly Macdonald, Justin Long , Will Sharpe and Tony Pitts who line up across a bitter divide. 

Kenzo (Hira), a Tokyo detective and family man, is abruptly dispatched to London by his superiors in the police department to search for his missing younger brother Yuto (Kubozuka), the honour of his family at stake. Arriving, he becomes drawn into the shadowy world of Abbott (Creed-Miles) and Vickers (Long), a once lucrative business partnership now under threat, as the former now looks to the East to expand his empire. 

Distant from everything familiar to him, Kenzo unexpectedly finds hope in a remarkable makeshift family of Londoners, each in turn confronting the tumultuous, spiralling effects of fateful past decisions. Among them is charismatic rent boy Rodney (Sharpe) and Sarah (Macdonald), a Met detective investigating the London murder, who begins to present a delicate threat to Kenzo’s marriage. 

The action moves between Tokyo and London, as Kenzo attempts to stem the violence engulfing both cities and to confront his own part in it. 

Giri/Haji will premiere on BBC Two on Thursday 17 October. It will be shown on Netflix in 2020. 

3 October 2019


New Sky Comedy

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A new original  series, to be shown on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV, is to take audiences on a road trip across Australia’s outback.

Called Upright, the series is written by and stars musician, comedian, actor, writer and director Tim Minchin, the series follows two misfits thrown together by chance in the middle of the Australian desert, who forge the unlikeliest of bonds in their quest to get a precious piano from one side of the country to the other.

Lucky Flynn, played by Minchin, hasn’t spoken to his family in years. He is broke, distant and damaged. He is also a gifted pianist, whose talent for music is matched only by his talent for self-destruction. When he learns that his mother has only days left to live, Lucky sets off in a hire car to drive the 4,000km from Sydney to Perth to say goodbye, taking with him his only cherished possession in the world: a battered and scarred upright piano.

What should have been a straightforward drive across the outback soon becomes a test of Lucky’s emotional fitness when he quite literally runs into Meg, played Milly Alcock, a hilarious, tough-as-nails teenager who we soon discover has plenty of scars and secrets of her own.

Upright starts on Sky Atlantic on 28 November.

3 October 2019   


 

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