Long Way Round
- 1 Season
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.