Long Way Down on National Geographic

Documentary could reach 250 million homes

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jun. 13, 2008
National Geographic Channels International has secured global premiere rights to the travel documentary Long Way Down.

The series originally aired in the fall of 2007 in the United Kingdom, where it reached an audience of four million viewers. The documentary’s viewership is expected to grow thanks to NGCI’s reach of 250 million homes in 130 countries.

NGCI will broadcast the ten-part series which includes four extra hours of previously unaired footage on National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Adventure later this month.

Long Way Down trails Ewan McGregor (right) and Charley Boorman's 15,534-mile journey.Long Way Down is the follow-up to 2004’s Long Way Round. The series follows actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman on a 15,534-mile adventure from Scotland to South Africa on a pair of BMW R1200 GS Adventure bikes.

Along the way, they braved a sandstorm in Libya, followed endangered gorillas in Uganda, crashed a wedding in Rwanda, and had a run-in with a temperamental elephant.

“Traveling through Africa was an extraordinary experience, truly from the beginning to the end,” says producer David Alexanian. “Long Way Down is a documentary that we are very proud of and we are grateful to National Geographic for allowing us to share what we witnessed to a larger audience. We simply couldn’t imagine a better home for the series.”

Charley Boorman (left) and Ewan McGregor traveled to the tip of South Africa where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet.The series features video diaries by McGregor and Boorman and footage recorded from their helmet cameras and microphones, giving viewers to experience the tour the way they did.

“Ewan and Charley spend three months pushing their physical and emotional abilities, experiencing life-changing moments in some of the world’s most dynamic and complex countries. Their unfiltered experiences perfectly complement the core values that viewers associate with our brand,” says Sydney Suissa, executive vice-president of content for NGCI. “Following their amazing journey is a tremendous opportunity for National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Adventure.”