Top Gear’s Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris are to front a new road trip series that sees the duo head to Europe, to look at how European’s “grow old gracefully and make their years ahead their best yet.”

The three-part series for BBC1 made by BBC Studios Factual Entertainment Productions, will see self-proclaimed “well and truly middle aged” Paddy and ‘’soon to be fifty’’ Chris “go on a mission to explore the secrets to living a long and full life. The two friends will be meeting some of the healthiest, happiest, not to mention ‘well -preserved’ and long-lived people alive. Along the way, they will be getting under the skin of each country they visit as well as doing plenty of soul searching.”

The pair will head to Sweden, Greece and Switzerland to discover “some of the most brilliant mid-life secrets on the planet.”

Paddy McGuinness says: “I’m very much looking forward to getting back on the road with Chris Harris.  Not so much looking forward to sharing a confined space with him. He doesn’t believe in deodorant. On the plus side he’ll give me something to laugh at along the way. Bring it on!”

Chris Harris says: “Paddy’s idea of long-haul travel is driving from Bolton to Blackpool, so this European road-trip should be a real eye-opener for both of us. When we’re finished debating the merits of literally everything we encounter, viewers will hopefully take something rewarding away from our deep-dive into the secrets of human longevity – but I’m just hoping my interest in the subject doesn’t dwindle as each mile goes by in Paddy’s company!”

Kalpna Patel-Knight, Head of Entertainment Commissioning says: “Paddy and Chris are packing their bags and heading off to Europe in this exciting new adventure. The pair will explore different countries, cultures, and people and will also be trying to discover the secrets to living a long and fulfilling life. They will be trying their very best to embrace these new experiences all whilst of course having a good laugh along the way too, bon voyage chaps!.”

Kat Lennox, BBC Studios Creative Director Factual Entertainment says: “Paddy and Chris’ on screen chemistry has always been a favourite amongst audiences and we’re so excited to be bringing more of an insight into their friendship through this adventure of a lifetime. With plenty of bants along the way, of course, it’s certainly going to be entertaining!”

The series will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Broadcast details will be announced in due course.

Paddy and Chris: Road Trippin’ (w/t) (3×60) is a BBC Studios Factual Entertainment Production for BBC One and iPlayer and was commissioned by Kalpna Patel-Knight, Head of Entertainment Commissioning. The Executive Producers for BBC Studios are Kat Lennox, Chi Ukairo and Angela Norris and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Katie Taylor. Hannah Wyatt is Managing Director for BBC Studios Factual Entertainment Productions. BBC Studios will handle distribution.


Jon Creamer

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