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Friday 10 May 2024

Romesh Ranganathan Ventures into the Heart of Africa: A Journey of Discovery and Reflection

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By Jon Donnis

Get ready to embark on another whirlwind adventure with Romesh Ranganathan as the BAFTA-winning factual entertainment series, "The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan," makes its triumphant return to BBC Two and iPlayer for a fourth three-part series later this month. This time, our favorite reluctant globetrotter takes viewers on a captivating journey through Africa, exploring the vibrant cultures and breathtaking landscapes of Uganda, Rwanda, and Madagascar.

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Since its inception, the series has captivated audiences by challenging Romesh to step out of his comfort zone and explore some of the world's most extraordinary destinations. From the Colombian jungles to the icy expanses of the Canadian Arctic, Romesh has fearlessly ventured into the unknown, earning accolades and a Best Features BAFTA for his efforts along the way.

Now, as Romesh prepares to bid farewell to his wanderlust-filled escapades, he sets his sights on Africa, the final frontier in his global odyssey. Spanning over 5000 miles, his African adventure promises to be a journey of discovery, reflection, and unforgettable experiences.

In the first episode, Romesh finds himself in Uganda, a country steeped in history and natural beauty. Guided by a local expert, he embarks on a thrilling white-water rafting expedition on the Nile, encounters majestic wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and delves into the country's rich cultural heritage. However, his exploration is tempered by the sobering reality of recent political events, prompting him to confront difficult truths about the social and political landscape.

Next, Romesh ventures into Rwanda, where he immerses himself in the country's vibrant arts scene and confronts its tragic past at the Kigali Genocide Memorial. Despite the challenges, he finds moments of profound beauty and resilience amidst the scars of history.

Finally, Romesh concludes his journey in Madagascar, a land of unparalleled biodiversity and natural wonders. From hiking through the otherworldly landscapes of the Grand Tsingy to encountering lemurs in their natural habitat, Romesh's final adventure is a testament to the awe-inspiring diversity of the African continent.

"The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan" is a testament to the power of exploration and the transformative potential of travel. Commissioned by Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Factual Entertainment and Events, and produced by Rumpus Media, the series promises to captivate audiences with its blend of humor, heart, and adventure.

Join Romesh Ranganathan as he embarks on his final Misadventure through Africa, airing later this month on BBC Two and iPlayer. It's a journey you won't want to miss.

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