The highly anticipated "Celebrity" Race Across The World, set to air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer later this year, has revealed its line-up of washed-up celebs and family members you have never heard of.
The adventurous nobodies embarking on this thrilling journey are broadcaster Alex Beresford (Weatherman who had an on air tiff with Piers Morgan, yes that is why he is famous), accompanied by his father Noel; singer Mel Blatt (a member of a girl band in the 1990s that no one remembers), joined by her mother Helene; drummer Harry Judd (the crap one from McFly), teaming up with his mother Emma, and British Racing Driver and pundit Billy Monger (Lost his legs in a racing accident in 2017, so now he is a celebrity), accompanied by his sister Bonny.
This "star-studded" series follows the successful BAFTA Award-winning format of Race Across The World, produced by Studio Lambert, and comes on the heels of an immensely popular earlier season.
The epic journey commences in Marrakech, Morocco, the north-western country of Africa, and concludes in Tromsø, Norway, also known as the Arctic capital. Covering a staggering 10,000 kilometers and spanning 24 countries, the route will take the pairs through diverse landscapes and cultures, from the vibrant city of Marrakech to the serene beaches of the Mediterranean, historic European cities, the majestic Alps, unexplored Central Europe, the enchanting Baltic States, and the snowy regions of Scandinavia.
Throughout this six-part celebrity version, the four celebrities and their racing partners will undertake the challenge of reaching a finish line that lies thousands of miles away, all without the aid of air travel or any modern conveniences. Stripped of luxuries and technological comforts, they must rely on their skills, resourcefulness, ingenuity, and sheer hard work to succeed. With no credit cards, smartphones, internet access, and only the cash equivalent of completing the route by air, they will have to earn additional money along the way and seek the kindness of strangers to progress. This incredible journey will offer a unique and revealing insight into the celebrities and their relationships with their travel companions, making it a must-watch adventure for viewers.
Explaining why each of them decided to sign up to Celebrity Race Across The World, (definitely nothing to do with them not having real jobs, so any wage they can earn is greatly appreciated) the teams shared their thoughts:
Alex Beresford said: "I thought it was a fantastic opportunity to do something that we've never done before. Neither of us have ever backpacked, so it's a new experience. And, also, just to see some amazing places! Across continents and across countries, and you're getting to see everything at ground level, so it's completely different to just flying over – getting to immerse yourself in different cultures and communities."
Noel Beresford said: "I'm into exploring new things, so this seemed like a good opportunity to see all the different cultures and how other people live and see how we get on."
Mel Blatt commented: "For the experience, to be out of my comfort zone, to do something that I wouldn't necessarily choose to do on my own. I'm definitely up for challenges and pushing myself… And this is what mum does all the time!"
Helene Blatt said: "I like to discover new things and have experiences and it's one of my passions – travelling, having new experiences."
Harry Judd said: "I never travelled when I was younger. I travelled with the band, but I never properly did backpacking and I always wanted to. I think the same applies for my mum, she always wanted to but started a family when she was 22."
Emma Judd continued: "Yeah, I was young and one thing I think that I've missed in my life, not that I regret it, was actually backpacking and going off on an adventure like this. So, when Harry had the opportunity come along, I thought what could be better than going on an adventure with my son!"
Billy Monger said: "We've spoken about travelling before, but it would probably be a little bit different to what I imagine this is going to be like - in terms of doing everything on such a budget and staying in hostels and being tight on money for food. With this opportunity, I spoke to Bon about it, and she said it could be quite cool. So, we sat down and watched the previous series and got more and more into it and then decided why not!"
Bonny Monger added: "We've always spoken about travelling and going and doing something together, but we've never actually been organised enough to do it. With this, it's not organised for us, and we have to do it ourselves so it's kind of like being thrown in the deep end and you've just got to do it."