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  • LONG WAY DOWN

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Ewan McGregor and best mate Charley Boorman take to the road again - in a new ten-part documentary series.

Ewan McGregor and best mate Charley Boorman circumnavigate the globe on their motorbikes. These long time friends hit the road from the top of Scotland to the bottom tip of Africa and we’ve included over two hours of unseen footage. Traversing more than 24,000 kilometres of tough terrain – crossing over dangerous roads and into bandit country – Ewan and Charley set off on the adventure of a lifetime.

The boys push themselves to the limit, spending three months challenging their physical abilities and their spirits in Long Way Down. Biking through a Libyan sandstorm, traveling with armed guards in Egypt, flying over the plains of Kenya, hiking in the Ugandan mountains and riding along the South African coastline, Ewan and Charley introduce themselves to a new side of Africa.

While the landscape is rugged and beautiful, the trip is riddled with potholes – on and off road. Tensions reach breaking point midway through the trip when Ewan and Charley spar over structuring the rest of the journey. The boys must work out their tensions or else risk serious damage to the trip and, possibly, their friendship. By the time Ewan’s wife, Eve, joins the team in Malawi, the boys are all smiles and ready for any difficult biking that comes their way.

Through video diaries, and helmet cameras and microphones, ride alongside Ewan and Charley, experiencing the journey through their eyes. Despite the difficult times, the entire team maintains a sense of humour and an infectious enthusiasm throughout their long adventure.

EPISODE GUIDE

  • Long Way Down: Gentlemen,Start Your Engines
    With more than 24,000 kilometres ahead of them on their upcoming three month trip, Ewan, Charley and the Long Way Down team have much to do.
  • Long Way Down: Scotland To Italy
    Making their way from John O;Groats at the top of Scotland, Ewan and Charley begin their epic adventure, riding through the Scottish Highlands.
  • Long Way Down: Rome To Tobruk
    Charley and Ewan battle traffic before heading down Sorrento;s winding roads. Tensions are high over Charley;s dangerous stunts.
  • Long Way Down: Kenya To Rwanda
    Yahoo, the team made it to Rwanda! Ewan gets to sees wild Zebras for the first time while trying to go across the Rwandan border before night fall.
  • Long Way Down: Kigali To Malawi
    Ewan and Charley get the honour of visiting Rwanda;s president, Paul Kagame. Ewan and Eve are reunited at the Tanzania/Malawi border.
  • Long Way Down: Malawi To Bostwana
    At Victoria Falls Charley decides on a 111m bungee jump over the Zambezi River. Ewan, however, thinks better of it and watches from the sidelines!
  • Long Way Down: Botswana To Cape Town
    Ewan and Charley stay with the Namibian bush people, watch a healing ceremony and enjoy the company and culture of the tribe.
  • Long Way Down: Tobruk To Khartoum
    With nothing but tough roads and 44 degree Celsius heat in Sudan, it;s another long trek for the team, and Ewan has his first fall.
  • Long Way Down: Sudan To Ethipoia
    At the border of Ethiopia,the team was stopped at custom for a thorough inspection on the vehicles.Charley and Ewan are starting to embrace Africa.
  • Long Way Down: Into Kenya
    The team is stuck in a bandit country,Kenya, due to bad weather. Racing against time and safety,can they overcome the obstacles ahead or to turn back?
  • Long Way Down: Sudan To Ethiopia
    At the border of Ethiopia,the team was stopped at custom for a thorough inspection on the vehicles.Charley and Ewan are starting to embrace Africa.
  • Long Way Down: Gentlemen, Start Your Engines
    With more than 24,000 kilometres ahead of them on their three month trip, Ewan, Charley and the Long Way Down team have much to do.
  • Long Way Down: Malawi To Botswana
    At Victoria Falls Charley decides on a 111m bungee jump over the Zambezi River. Ewan, however, thinks better of it and watches from the sidelines!
  • Long Way Down: Kenya To Rwanda
    Yahoo, the team made it to Rwanda! Ewan gets to sees wild Zebras for the first time while trying to go across the Rwandan border before night fall.
  • Long Way Down: Kigali To Malawi
    Ewan and Charley get the honour of visiting Rwanda's president, Paul Kagame home. Ewan and Eve are reunited at the Tanzania/Malawi border.
  • Long Way Down: Malawi To Bostwana
    At Victoria Falls Charley decides on a 111m bungee jump over the Zambezi River. Ewan, however, thinks better of it and watches from the sidelines!
  • Long Way Down: Botswana To Cape Town
    Ewan and Charley stay with the Namibian bush people where they witness a healing ceremony and enjoy the company and culture of the tribe...
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VIDEOS

  • Hold Tight photo

    Hold Tight

    Follow Ewan McGregor and best friend Charley Boorman as they prepare to bike from the top of...

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