UK pubcaster Channel 4 is boarding the opulent Venice Simplon-Orient Express (pictured) for a one-off special.
Produced by DCD Media-owned Rize USA, The World’s Most Famous Train is to examine the modern relevance of the luxury passenger train – comprised of 17 carriages from the 1920s – and its century-spanning journeys across Italy, Switzerland and Turkey.
“From champagne bars, and five-star gastronomy, to manually stoked fires, damask sheets and a bed
turn-around each night, passengers experience firsthand the historical voyage which has set the
scene for thousands of stories across time,” reads a release from Rize USA, adding that the hour-long film will ask why, in a world of budget airlines and two-hour-long flights, passengers still take the 36-hour train journeys across Europe.
The World’s Most Famous Train was commissioned by C4′s Lucy Leveugle, commissioning editor for factual entertainment. Nick Shearman is serving as executive producer.
Rize USA previously examined Dubai’s Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel for C4′s The Billion Dollar Hotel and has also produced two seasons of C4′s Liberty of London, a docuseries on British fashion emporium Liberty.