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Long Way Round is a documentary series that follows actors and best friends Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman as they travel from London to New York City on the back of motorcycles. Throughout the series, they visit such locales as France, Belgium, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Siberia. They also travel through Canada and the American states of Alaska and New York. Ewan McGregor started as an actor in independent films such as Trainspotting and Velvet Goldmine before finding world-wide fame in the Star Wars films. Charley Boorman is best known for acting in his father John Boorman's films Deliverance and Excalibur. He has starred in numerous documentaries since the release of Long Way Round. Both men are avid fans of biking, and for the series they ended up riding motorcycles provided to them by BMW.

The two men were joined by a cameraman who rode alongside them and directors/producers David Alexanian and Russ Malkin. They were inspired by the British journalist Ted Simon, who wrote a book, Jupiter's Travels, about his four-year journey on motorcycle across 45 countries. They also filmed the series to bring attention to UNICEF and showed some of the organization's work in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Mongolia.

During their trip of 19,000 miles, they suffer many trials and tribulations, such as motorcycle accidents and breakdowns, mix-ups at Customs, hostile natives and dangerous animals. Some unusual incidents include being fed sheep testicles in Mongolia and being dinner guests of members of the Ukranian mafia.

Seven episodes of the show aired on the BBC in Europe and on Bravo in the United States. The mini-series gained more fans as a three-disc DVD box set that included two more episodes, bonus scenes and extended footage. There is a sequel to Long Way Round entitled Long Way Down, and Charley Boorman is in talks with Ewan McGregor to star in a third series tentatively titled Long Way Up.

Long Way Round
1 Season, 9 Episodes
November 6, 2005
Documentary & Biography
8.7/10
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman, David Alexanian, Russ Malkin
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Long Way Round Full Episode Guide

  • On the final leg of the journey to New York City Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman are involved in collisions with cars.

  • Damage to the bikes cause a delay in Alaska. Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman marvel at the Alaskan wildlife before heading towards Canada.

  • Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman run into some difficulty in Siberia. With unwelcoming locals, impassable rivers, collapsed bridges and a lack of food, they find themselves facing a real fight for survival. A convoy of Russian trucks offers some hope.

  • The team is forced to buy crew member Claudio a new bike, and in the Mongolian city of Ulan Bator, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman are taken on a tour of the sewers. Then to Siberia where a 24-hour train ride turns out to bad idea.

  • Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman are disheartened when they find no roads at all en route to Mongolia. Bad luck occurs when there's a bike break down and their support team gets into a dangerous accident.

  • After riding along some of the worst-kept roads in the world and admiring some of the country's native woolly camels, Ewan and Charley are in for a fright after one of the locals points a gun at them.

  • Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman make the first extended stop of their journey in Prague, before continuing onward to the Ukrainian border where a simple crossing turns into a 12-hour nightmare.

  • Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman continue to make preparations for their trip, heading for Wales for some much-needed off-road motorcycle training. Getting reading to start the journey, everybody scrambles to make last minute plans.

  • Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman prepare for their epic adventure, including lessons for kidnap avoidance, fitness training, first aid instruction and vaccinations.

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