The distribution arm of Off The Fence (OTF) has added a new series from Dash Pictures with Lord of the Rings stars Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan on a global food tour to its slate.
Billy and Dom Eat the World follows actors Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan, who played Hobbits Merry and Pippin in The Lord of the Rings feature films, as they embark on a global food adventure that takes them to six locations in each one-hour episode.
The two friends will explore a different destination and its unique culinary culture and, in Hobbit style, Billy and Dom travel on foot, seeking not only new dishes, but the secret lives of the cities on their itinerary.
Daniel Sharp, founder and executive producer of Dash Pictures, said: ‘This is the first time in 20 years that Billy and Dom have appeared together on the screen. They were extremely keen to get started on this project with us and working with them both is a real pleasure. They both have a vast knowledge and excitement about food and travel, their energy and enthusiasm is simply infectious!
Loren Baxter, OTF’s head of acquisitions, said: “Daniel and the team at Dash have already demonstrated with Fantastic Friends that harnessing big-screen talent to a fresh, fun idea is a magical formula. Billy and Dom Eat the World delivers an equally enriching experience. With their seven-meal-a-day habit, who better to conduct a global food tour than two ex-Hobbits?”
Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan launched a podcast in 2021 called The Friendship Onion in which they look back on their time on The Lord of the Rings with cast and crew, and peel back the layers of their own friendship with the show regularly featuring in the Top 100 podcasts for Film and TV.
Dominic Monaghan said: ‘In the 20 years I have known Billy we have been lucky enough to travel with extensively. Since The Return of the King, we’ve been looking for something new to do on screen together that people who follow our careers and those that haven’t yet may enjoy. Alongside Daniel Sharp at Dash Pictures and Martin Blencowe we think we have found the perfect group to capture the infectious way we both see the world through food.”
Boyd said: “When Dom and I met in New Zealand whilst making the Lord of The Rings Trilogy, we travelled all over that beautiful country, meeting incredible people and seeing a completely different lifestyle from where we grew up. Now to take that passion we have for travel and new experiences into this TV show, like the Hobbits of Tolkien’s Middle Earth, we know how important food is in discovering a new culture and getting to know new people. We will show the less travelled streets, incredible and hidden food and the magical people of our world. It’s definitely time for an adventure.”
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