‘Completely compelling – I cared so much about these people. It was talked-about TV, made with ambition and panache’
The second series of this Studio Lambert production landed on BBC2 just as the world was shutting down due to Covid-19. With viewers trapped indoors and unable to travel, Race Across The World provided the escapism they craved, while celebrating different cultures and the kindness of strangers.
The show exceeded its slot average by 47%, peaking at 4.3 million (up a million on series one), making it BBC2’s highest-rated unscripted show, outside of Top Gear, since 2013.
The teams raced from Mexico City to Ushuaia in Argentina (the world’s southernmost city), travelling through 17 countries in 53 days and encountering government-declared state emergencies on three occasions.
Each pair confronted personal issues on the road, while the series culminated in the most dramatic of finales, with only a few seconds separating the winners from the runners-up.
The judges praised the show’s superb casting and production, with one stating that it was “completely compelling – I cared so much about these people”.
Race Across The World was “talked-about TV, made with ambition and panache”, said the same judge, with another describing it as “ambitious” and “authentic”. A third judge said it was “a brilliantly made series that had warmth and heart”.
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