Discovery Channel, Idris Elba team up for series

Discovery Channel has set an early July airdate for Idris Elba No Limits, its four-part, adrenaline-seeking series featuring the Golden Globe-winning actor (pictured).
June 7, 2016

Discovery Channel has set an early July airdate for Idris Elba No Limits, its four-part, adrenaline-seeking series featuring Golden Globe-winning actor Idris Elba (pictured).

Produced by UK-based Shine North and Elba’s production shop Green Door Pictures, the series will follow the Luther actor as he travels the globe to immerse himself in rally driving, street racing, aerobatics and power boating in an attempt to master the discipline of racing while unlocking the science, engineering and history behind each form of the sport.

The series, commissioned out of Discovery Networks UK, will feature Elba as he heads to a renowned motor sport competition to join professional teams and take on a variety of speed-related challenges. Each episode will also follow the British actor as he meets with like-minded speed freaks to discuss and share insight into their powerful machines.

Discovery’s Victoria Noble serves as executive producer alongside Shine North’s Rick Murray. The series was commissioned by Elizabeth McIntyre, VP of production and development factual at Discovery Networks International.

Shine North and Green Door Pictures penned an exclusive factual programming deal in 2014. 

Idris Elba No Limits premieres July 4 at 7 p.m. EST/PST on Discovery Channel.

“This landmark series will take viewers on a journey with Idris to experience the adrenaline rush and thrill of speed, a passion for him and our audience,” said Susanna Dinnage, executive VP and MD at Discovery Networks UK and Ireland, in a statement. “The series embodies Discovery Channel’s ‘Make Your World Bigger’ brand promise and will go behind the scenes to take viewers to the heart of Idris’ adventure.”

“I’m taking on the toughest racing challenges of my life for this new Discovery TV series,” added Elba. “Along the way I meet extraordinary individuals, spectacular machines and hear amazing stories of how far people go to satisfy their love of speed. The extreme challenges take me right out of my comfort zone as I compete against the best on land, water and in the air.”

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