Studio Lambert’s BBC2 global travel format, Race Across the World, has been commissioned by BBC One for a celebrity special.
The show is currently filming its second series for BBC Two and it has been recommissioned by the channel in a multi-series order.
In the 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.
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.”
Tim Harcourt, Creative Director, Studio Lambert, said: “This format has been described as fiendishly addictive and was a smash hit for both viewers and critics alike. I can’t wait to see celebrities undergoing the transformative powers of this global race at ground level.”
Celebrity Race Across the World, a 6 x 60′ series for BBC One, was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content and David Brindley, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Michael Jochnowitz. Mark Saben, Stephen Day, Matt J Smith and Tim Harcourt are the Executive Producers for Studio Lambert. It will transmit in 2020.