UK pubcaster the BBC is producing the new odd-couple travel doc Travelling Blind, from London-based TV prodco Spun Gold TV.
The film follows Amar Latif (pictured, left), a blind traveler, as takes a trip through Turkey with comedian Sara Pascoe (right). With Pascoe serving as Latif’s sighted guide, the two learn from each other’s very different travel styles: she is an introvert, while he is a bold explorer.
Additionally, Pascoe, as well as viewers, get to learn about blindness along the way.
“Sara and I have a very different style of travel; however, during our time in Turkey we both learnt to discover a new way of traveling,” said Latif in a statement. “Sara became a wonderful sighted guide and we experienced and learnt a huge amount from each other. I think this new show highlights how sighted people can sometimes focus too much on the visuals and getting the perfect Instagram image, so they aren’t so present in the moment and then miss out on the multisensory experience that travel, for me, is all about.”
Travelling Blind is made by Spun Gold TV for BBC2. An air date has not yet been announced.
“Amar’s unique way of embracing the world provides for a refreshing new take on the travel format and not only helps Sara ‘see’ the world differently, but also encourages us all to think about how we interact with the world around us,” said Emily Smith, BBC commissioning editor of documentaries, in a statement.
“Travelling Blind is heart-warming, insightful and emotional and takes travel shows in a new direction. As well as seeing a new side to Turkey, audiences will enjoy the developing bond and banter between the inspirational Amar and Sara as their journey becomes just as much about their relationship as their journey,” added Spun Gold MD Daniela Neumann.