BBC Two has handed a two season renewal to Race Across The World; picking up the hit series for a second and third season. Eight episodes have been ordered for each of the two additional seasons.
The bumper renewal comes after the show’s first season, which aired this spring, managed a consolidated average audience of 2.5 million viewers. The final episode was the highest rated episode of a new factual entertainment title on BBC Two since 2016.
Race Across The World follows pairs of travellers will race from the start line in one part of the world to the finish thousands of miles away – without the use of air travel or any of the trappings of modern-day life. They must navigate their way through the varied landscapes of countries at ground level, with only the cash equivalent of the airfare to their final destination. The series is produced by Studio Lambert, with Michael Jochnowitz. Mark Saben, Stephen Day, Matt Smith and Tim Harcourt serving as the executive producers.
“Race Across World shows the ambition and creative risk-taking that is possible on BBC Two”, said BBC Two Controller Patrick Holland, who commissioned the show’s second and third seasons alongside the BBC’s Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment David Brindley. “I am delighted that it’s spirit of adventure, open heartedness and sheer sense of possibility, unique qualities that could only have developed on BBC Two, chimed so well with audiences young and old.”
“We’re thrilled to be bringing back Race Across the World for a further two series. Over three million people enjoyed the finale of the first series and it became a huge word-of-mouth hit”, commented David Brindley. “To have developed and launched the biggest new factual entertainment title on BBC Two since 2016 is a real result and I can’t wait to see where the journey will take our brave explorers next.”
While Tim Harcourt, Creative Director for Studio Lambert, added: “Race Across the World was an epic and ambitious series and we’re thrilled it delighted viewers and captured the imaginations of both young and old. Series two will retain the jaw-dropping landscapes, charm and appeal of series one, but with a new and longer route there are sure to be fresh challenges and surprises our teams will face.”