Comedian, author and cycling enthusiast David O’Doherty is going on cycle ride for a C4 four-parter from Banijay indie Zeppotronand Motion Content Group .

O’Doherty and a different celebrity guest hop on their bikes each week and take to the open road to have some fun and explore some of the most beautiful parts of the UK.

Getting in the saddle alongside David is the artist Grayson Perry, actor and comedian Richard Ayoade, presenter and comedian Mel Giedroyc and comedian and actor Joe Wilkinson.

The series sees David and his guests ride along spectacular routes in Wales, Northumberland, Dungeness in Kent and along the Suffolk coast.

Jonny Rothery, commissioning editor for Channel 4, said: “Charming, revealing and full of picturesque locations, The Ride puts a new spin on celebrity interviews as we see the wonderfully funny David O’Doherty take to the road with these four brilliant characters.”

David O’Doherty said: “I think we’ve all seen enough of very fit cyclists racing up mountains and whooshing round tracks on our televisions. Now it’s time for quite out-of-shape people getting lost as they pedal towards a beautiful landmark that’s supposed to be just over there.”

Peter Holmes, executive producer for Zeppotron, added: “We are so pleased to be able to help David share his passion for cycling as he freewheels around the most beautiful parts of Britain exploring the minds and calves of his fascinating guests.”

The Ride is created by David O’Doherty. The series is produced by James Fidler, directed by Leo McCrea and the executive producers are David O’Doherty, Ruth Phillips, Peter Holmes and Martin Oxley for Motion Content Group.

It was commissioned for Channel 4 by Jonny Rothery, commissioning editor, Entertainment with Sarah Lazenby, formerly Head of Features and Formats.

Debra Blenkinsop is Zeppotron’s director of operations, Charlotte Hopkinson is the production executive and Hannah Thompson is the line producer. Caroline Bourne is production executive for Motion Content Group.

The Ride is represented internationally by Banijay Rights.




Pippa Considine

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