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Around the World in 80 Trades is a globe trotting reality TV show presented by Connor Woodman that was first broadcast in the U.K. by the network Channel 4. The show was produced by Tigress Productions for Channel 4 and consists of a single four episode season that is divided into the different areas visited by Woodman on his way around the world.
Around the World in 80 Trades debuted in the U.K. in 2009 and was a moderate critical and ratings success mainly based on the innovative premise of the show; prsenter Connor Woodman had previously presented travel documentaries about areas such as Nepal before embarking on the show.
The first episode of Around the World in 80 Trades explains the premise of the show, which is the trained economist Connor Woodman will travel the world and conduct trades on goods with live people in different cultures. Leaving his job in the financial sector of the City of London Woodman has a large amount of experience buying and selling commodities by phone and computer, but no knowledge of buying materials face to face.
Adding interest to the documentary is the fact that Woodman uses his own money during the series, which consists of the entire profit made from selling his London apartment that is later revealed as his only financial investment.
Woodman decides to travel across four continents by moving across Africa in the first episode, central Asia in the second, the Far East in the third and South and Central America in the fourth and final episode. Perhaps setting the tone for his success in the first episode the presenter begins his trip in the Sudanwhere he attempts to buy camels and move them north to sell.
As an outsider in the camel market he is frozen out of any trades and is eventually accused of spying by the local government authorities. In an effort to increase his profits Woodman visits some remote places rarely seen on TV in an attempt to source rare goods that will be the most profitable.