Comedian David Baddiel is set to frontline a four-episode travelogue series for Discovery which will see him traversing the most famous trade route in history: The Silk Road.
Titled David Baddiel On The Silk Road, the four part series will follows David on his journey as he hopes to uncover the mysteries behind the 2,000 year old trade route, including the ancient, abandoned mud city of Jiaohe and the story of the Christian monks who smuggled silk worms out of China in their hollow walking sticks.The series will use innovative technology & exclusive research and reveal remarkable locations, mysteries and hidden gems unknown to the western world.
“Travel can actually be time travel. There are some places you can go, some routes you can follow, where history comes alive – where you can genuinely feel what it must have been like for the first people who ever undertook this journey”, said Baddiel. “Travelling The Silk Road is like that, and that’s what makes it so exciting, inspiring and challenging.”
Set to air on Discovery Channel later this year, the four-parter was commissioned by Discovery’s Head of Production & Development for Factual Elizabeth McIntyre and is being produced by independent production company Pioneer Productions. Tom Gorham will serve as the executive producer for Discovery, while Alice Harper will executive produce for Pioneer Pictures.
“At Discovery Channel we are passionate about broadcasting entertaining and engaging content with themes of ‘discovery’ and ‘exploration’ at its core”, commented Discovery’s Tom Gorham. “Our latest commission David Baddiel on the Silk Road provides our audience with all this, and much more, following the comedian as he traverses one of the most intriguing and mysterious routes in the world, the Silk Road.”
While Kirstie McLure, Managing-Director of Pioneer Productions, added: “This series was truly fascinating to produce and demonstrates some of our greatest strengths. Filming along the route with David was incredibly challenging at times, but through the access we gained, we discovered a world of untold mysteries and stories. Balanced with cutting edge technology and filming techniques, the end result is a compelling series that we have no doubt viewers will love.”