BBC1 has commissioned a celebrity version of the BBC2 global travel format Race Across the World, produced by All3Media-owned Studio Lambert.
Celebrity Race Across the World (6 x 60 minutes) will see four celebrities race with a loved one or close friend from the starting line in one part of the world to the finish thousands of miles away without the use of air travel and “trappings of modern day life.”
Over the course of six episodes, the four teams will travel without the use of credit cards, smartphones or access to the internet. With just the cash equivalent of one-way airfare to their final destination, competitors will have to earn extra money along the way and call upon strangers to help them progress.
The series, slated to debut in 2020, was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, BBC director of content, and David Brindley, head of commissioning, popular factual and factual entertainment. Mark Saben, Stephen Day, Matt Smith and Tim Harcourt are the executive producers for Studio Lambert.
“This format has been described as fiendishly addictive and was a smash hit for both viewers and critics alike. I can’t wait to see celebrities undergoing the transformative powers of this global race at ground level,” Harcourt, creative director at Studio Lambert, said in a statement.
Race Across the World is currently filming its second season for BBC2.