Race Across the World

(This would really benefit from a write-up by someone who loved the show.)
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== Synopsis ==
== Synopsis ==

Current revision as of 01:01, 14 May 2019

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Host

John Hannah (voiceover)

Broadcast

Studio Lambert for BBC Two, 28 February 2019 to present

Synopsis

Couples are challenged to get from London to Singapore. They're given the air fare in cash.

Easy, just go to the airport and buy a ticket, right? Wrong - they're not allowed to fly. Overland transport only.

Er, ring up someone and ask for a lift? Nada - there are no mobile phones.

OK, whack it all on the credit card, right? Nope - they're not allowed to use any money other than cash. The teams are allowed to work, and the producers arrange some possible jobs along the route.

First to Singapore wins a cash prize of £20,000.

The finish line is on top of the hotel.

Race Across the World settled into a distinctive style. There was a lot about the mechanics of travel, about navigating connections and crossing town, about the trade-off between fast and comfortable. Establishing shots and big captions make it clear where we are, and John Hannah's voiceover tells us about the place.

The show was a mixture of travelogue, relationship diary, and economic management. It was all of these things and none - not a pure travelogue, not a pure people show, and not really an egonomics study. It proved to be a winning formula, viewing figures increased by 50% during the first series.

Champions

Tony and Elaine

Title music

Michael Burns, credited for "Original Music".

Trivia

The series had a 5-minute preview at 10.25 on Thursday evening. Episodes went out at 9pm on Sunday evenings from 3 March, shifting to 8pm from 31 March as the series threatened to dent BBC1's high-profile drama Line of Duty.

Web links

BBC programme page

See also

Weaver's Week review

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