Long Way Down

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  • TV-MA
  • 2007
  • 1 Season
  • 8.3  (6,498)

Long Way Down is a travel documentary TV series that takes viewers on a thrilling adventure across Africa. The show is the follow-up to the hit series Long Way Round and features Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman as they ride motorbikes from John O'Groats in Scotland to Cape Town in South Africa.

The show begins with McGregor and Boorman setting off on their journey from the very tip of Scotland in a cold and rainy weather. The duo rides BMW R1200GS motorcycles and wear protective gear to ensure their safety during the journey. Along the way, they encounter all kinds of challenges, including rough terrain, unpredictable weather, and mechanical problems.

The first leg of their journey takes them through England and Europe before they make it to the Mediterranean. They then cross the North Africa desert and go through Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, and finally South Africa. The journey takes them 12,000 miles over 100 days and the duo experiences a range of emotions throughout the trip.

Along the way, the duo meet amazing people and immerse themselves in the different cultures they encounter. They participate in local festivals, interact with the locals, and visit historical sites. They also try exotic foods and participate in adventurous activities such as bungee jumping, scuba diving, and whitewater rafting.

One of the highlights of the show is the stunning visuals of the African terrain, from the Sahara Desert to the Serengeti, viewers are presented with breathtaking landscapes rarely seen on TV. The show also showcases the human side of Africa, highlighting the struggles the locals face, their unique cultures, and the tenacity of the people.

The dynamic between McGregor and Boorman is also a major highlight of the show. The two friends have a great chemistry and banter throughout the show, making it enjoyable to watch. Their experiences bond them further, and viewers get to see how close their friendship has become throughout the years of their travels.

Long Way Down is an inspiring show that aims to show the beauty of Africa and its people while also taking viewers on a thrilling adventure. The soundtrack of the show is also exceptional and perfectly compliments the overall feel of the show. The show incorporates a mix of different music from globally renowned musicians to local artists, adding cultural nuances to the show.

In conclusion, Long Way Down is a must-watch for travel and adventure enthusiasts. The series takes viewers on an unforgettable journey across the African continent, showcasing the wonders of the vast continent while also shedding light on the humanity that exists there. It's a beautiful, thought-provoking, and highly entertaining show that will leave viewers with a deeper appreciation for Africa and its people.

Long Way Down is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on October 27, 2007.

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Botswana to Cape Town
10. Botswana to Cape Town
December 29, 2007
As Ewan and Charley's exciting adventure comes to an end, the team is overjoyed when they reach their final destination, Cape Town.
Malawi to Botswana
9. Malawi to Botswana
December 22, 2007
In Malawi, Ewan and Charley see first hand how UNICEF are helping children in the area. Later, Charley decides to do an 111-meter bungee jump.
Kigali to Malawi
8. Kigali to Malawi
December 15, 2007
Ewan and Charley visit the home of the president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame. Later, Ewan and his wife Eve are reunited after two months apart.
Kenya to Rwanda
7. Kenya to Rwanda
December 8, 2007
Ewan gets very excited when he sees wild zebras for the first time. Later, they trek to the mountains to see gorillas in their natural habitat.
Into Kenya
6. Into Kenya
December 1, 2007
In Kenya, the soft sand makes it difficult to keep the bikes upright. But when the terrain finally changes, it causes more problems.
Sudan to Ethiopia
5. Sudan to Ethiopia
November 24, 2007
Charley and Ewan are starting to embrace Africa. While still finding the long riding days a strain, tiredness creeps in.
Tobruk to Khartoum
4. Tobruk to Khartoum
November 17, 2007
Riding through Egypt, the boys doubt whether they will make it to Aswan in time for the ferry. If they miss it, they will be delayed for a week.
Rome to Tobruk
3. Rome to Tobruk
November 10, 2007
In Rome, Ewan and Charley battle traffic and tensions are high on the ferry ride from Sicily to Tunisia over Charley's dangerous bike stunts.
Scotland to Italy
2. Scotland to Italy
November 3, 2007
After a miserable ride to London, Ewan and Charley push on to France. Despite arduous weather conditions, they must stay on a strict time course.
Gentlemen, Start Your Engines
1. Gentlemen, Start Your Engines
October 27, 2007
Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman prepare to hit the road on their motorcycles in a 24,000-km epic journey from Scotland to Africa.
Where to Watch Long Way Down
Long Way Down is available for streaming on the Long Way Round website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Long Way Down on demand at Apple TV+, Amazon and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    October 27, 2007
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (6,498)