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Monday 20 May 2024

Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris to Star in New BBC One Road Trip Series Exploring Secrets to Longevity

Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris

Image: BBC Press

By Jon Donnis

BBC One and iPlayer are set to unveil a new three-part road trip series starring Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris. The series, produced by BBC Studios Factual Entertainment Productions, will take the duo on an adventurous journey through Europe, examining how different cultures approach aging and strive to make the most of their later years.

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The show features McGuinness, who humorously refers to himself as "well and truly middle-aged," and Harris, who is nearing fifty, as they embark on a mission to uncover the secrets to a long, fulfilling life. The two friends will travel to Sweden, Greece, and Switzerland, meeting some of the healthiest, happiest, and longest-lived individuals. Their quest will involve immersing themselves in the local cultures and engaging in plenty of soul-searching.

Paddy McGuinness expressed his excitement about the journey: "I'm very much looking forward to getting back on the road with Chris Harris. Not so much looking forward to sharing a confined space with him. He doesn't believe in deodorant. On the plus side he'll give me something to laugh at along the way. Bring it on!"

Chris Harris added his perspective on the adventure: "Paddy's idea of long-haul travel is driving from Bolton to Blackpool, so this European road-trip should be a real eye-opener for both of us. When we're finished debating the merits of literally everything we encounter, viewers will hopefully take something rewarding away from our deep-dive into the secrets of human longevity - but I'm just hoping my interest in the subject doesn't dwindle as each mile goes by in Paddy's company!"

Kalpna Patel-Knight, Head of Entertainment Commissioning, highlighted the series' unique appeal: "Paddy and Chris are packing their bags and heading off to Europe in this exciting new adventure. The pair will explore different countries, cultures, and people and will also be trying to discover the secrets to living a long and fulfilling life. They will be trying their very best to embrace these new experiences all whilst of course having a good laugh along the way too, bon voyage chaps!"

Kat Lennox, BBC Studios Creative Director Factual Entertainment, emphasized the show's potential for entertainment: "Paddy and Chris' on screen chemistry has always been a favourite amongst audiences and we're so excited to be bringing more of an insight into their friendship through this adventure of a lifetime. With plenty of bants along the way, of course, it's certainly going to be entertaining!"

The series promises to be a blend of humor, insightful exploration, and cultural discovery as McGuinness and Harris delve into what it means to age gracefully and live life to the fullest. Viewers can look forward to a captivating and entertaining journey with two of television's favorite personalities.

Broadcast details for the series will be announced in due course. Stay tuned to BBC One and iPlayer for updates on this intriguing new show.

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