Proper Television sells Discovery Canada third car-themed show

Don't Drive Here will see host Andrew Younghusband get behind the steering wheel for a harrowing driving experience in six of the most densely-populated cities in the world, including Delhi and Mexico City.
January 26, 2013

Guy O’Sullivan’s Canadian indie Proper Television is back in the driver’s seat with Discovery Canada.

The indie producer has sold its third driver challenge reality series to the Canadian channel, after Canada’s Worst Driver and Last Car Standing.

The latest acquisition by Discovery is Don’t Drive Here, in which Andrew Younghusband, host of Canada’s Worst Driver, steers his way around six of the worst places to drive globally.

“Andrew as the host of Don’t Drive Here is perfect. We’ve made him the fish-out-of-water as he drives elsewhere in the world,” O’Sullivan told realscreen‘s sister publication Playback.

During a first episode shoot in Delhi, India,¬†Younghusband time-trialed a cabby across the city, in the final of three harrowing challenges that make up Don’t Drive Here‘s pilot.

Additional episode shoots in Manila, Bangkok, Mexico City, Lima and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia will follow, before the 6 x one-hour series debuts this summer. Each episode sees Younghusband first assess the traffic culture, before getting a handle on it and finally attempting to beat the locals at their own game.

“It’s very immersive. He’s in the thick of it.” O’Sullivan added.

Don’t Drive Here is executive produced by O’Sullivan and Jennifer Scott. Derek Miller is the series producer, and Ian MacDonald is the series director.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.