Race Across the World

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  1. Trainfan344

    Trainfan344 Established Member

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    I saw this programme on BBC 2 tonight, a Programme in which 5 teams have to race across the world to Singapore without using planes. They have the price of a flight from London to Singapore to begin with and can work to recouperate funds. The first episode shows the progress from the start line in London to the first check point in Delphi.

    If you didn't see it and want to check it out, it's available on the BBC Iplayer here:
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000319z/race-across-the-world-series-1-episode-1

    I think it was nicely edited and I'm looking forwards to the next episode. Did anyone else watch this programme today?
     
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  3. GusB

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    I'm currently watching the third episode on iPlayer, and I'm hooked. I thought it was clear from the outset who would win, but my initial predictions have been proved to be wrong!
     
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    I've watched it - shame I didn't find out about it in order to enter - it's about as made for me as a show could be!
     
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    We go into the penultimate episode this week. I feel this programme has done well to showcase the different types of travel as well as showing the various lesser travelled routes that most wouldn't even know exist.
     
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    It is definitely a good concept for a program.

    If I'd entered chances are I'd have not gone across the Caspian Sea, so may well have been 2 days ahead of everyone else due to them being storm bound for 3 days. Although there's a chance, with no storm I'd have been a day behind (although maybe slightly less depending on when I'd left the checkpoint).
     
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    I was talking to a Singaporean friend about this prog.

    He seemed confused by it since there are advertised commercial trips overland from Singapore to the UK ... via Beijing and the Trans-Siberian express... I guess it wouldn't make very good televison though ... and it wouldn't be much of a race because all the contestants would be on the same train.
     
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    In the programme, you had to travel via 5(?) designated checkpoints, only being given the next one after arriving at the previous one. So for stage 1 it was get to Delphi, stage two was then get to Baku, etc
     
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    Yeah basically they have to put checkpoints in to ensure they get an interesting program. Quite enjoying watching how different people approach the same issue.
     
  10. Hophead

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    There's also a budget that the contestants have to keep to (potentially topped up with a bit of casual work). I think it's something like £1399. My query regards Singapore being the furthest overland destination from the UK, as I'd have thought it would be somewhere more like Vladivostok (though that may well limit travel options).
     
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    Or as a way to check on everyones health - including the camera operator?
     

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