Long Way Down 2007 | TV Show Watchlist
Actor-adventurers Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman motorcycle from Scotland to South Africa in a 10-part series covering 15,000 miles that took 85 days to complete. The series originally aired on the BBC, as did the 2004 McGregor-Boorman motorcycle advent (more…)
Premiered: October 28, 2007
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Ewan and Charley conclude their trip to the Okavango Delta where Ewan has an extremely close call with an elephant. The boys have a last 120 Km ride over sand to reach the Namibian border, their last push through the tough terrain. Crossing into Namibia the boys are shocked at how desolate the land is and only just make it to a remote petrol station before their tanks run dry. That evening they stay with the Namibian bush people where they witness a healing ceremony and enjoy the company and culture of the tribe. Pushing on to the Skeleton Coast the boys enjoy the sense of achievement at reaching the West coast of Africa and seeing the wonderful landscapes. They set up camp in a beautiful spot where Ewan says he would love to come back to with a pile of good books, spending a relaxing week there. Meanwhile Russ and David get their 4 x 4’s stuck in the sand on the coast line only just getting them out hours later in the pitch black, before the tide comes in. Charley and Ewan cross into South Africa and are on the home stretch. The luck is starting to run out as Claudio, the cameraman, takes a tumble off his bike. Arriving in Gans Bay, Charley is finally reunited with his family after several months apart. An early morning start and a convoy behind them, Ewan and Charley are excited and emotional that this is their last day of the trip. As they lead the way along the winding mountainous coastline, the boys are overjoyed when they finally reach their final destination, Cape Town.
Ewan, his wife Eve and Charley begin their second day of riding in Malawi. Reaching their destination Lake Nyasa Ewan is excited to be on the bikes with Eve. Riding down to Senga Bay producers David and Russ surprise Ewan by flying in his mum to see him. At the UNICEF project in Malawi, a childcare centre Ewan, Charley and Eve see first hand how the charity is helping children in the area. Reaching the Zambian border the boys are staggered at how quickly Eve’s riding has improved. They set up camp for the night with a local tribe. Riding down towards Livingston the team drop in at a crocodile farm and get up close and personal with the reptiles. Reaching Victoria Falls Charley decides to do a bungee jump plummeting down over the Zambezi River. The following morning it is time for Eve to leave the expedition and return home to England, the boys continue on their journey crossing the border into Botswana. They fly down to the Okavango Delta and experience a breath taking safari.
Continuing their journey through Rwanda Ewan and Charley visit a local coffee shop and get chatting to a woman who happens to be the Rwandan minister of Tourism. She invites them to her brothers wedding. There they meet the president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame who suggests they come to his house tomorrow for an audience with him. After frantically buying suits and mixed emotions, the team head over to his home to discuss how Rwanda is restoring itself after the genocide. Finally reaching the Rwandan border into Tanzania Dai, the team medic, mislays his passport, insisting it was taken from him at their last hotel reception. After several hours of searching and the team questioning whether they should turn back to get it, he finds it…in his pocket. Taking a well-earned day off the boys stop in on Katavi National Park to see the sights and do a safari, the boys are bowled over by the beauty of the place. Finally reaching the Tanzania/Malawi border Ewan and his wife Eve are reunited after several months apart. They jump on their bikes and ride off onto the roads of Malawi, but Eve hits problems with the sand.
After several hours of struggling with the muddy river crossing, the bikes and cars are finally across. Riding on, Ewan gets very excited when he sees wild Zebra’s for the first time. They ride to Naivasha to meet with Charley’s old friends where they are given a plane ride. Ewan and Charley are amazed at the wildlife and end the day picnicking on Lake Naivasha watching hippos. Making it to Uganda, the boys are ecstatic they have made it this far. They visit a coffee factory and are treated to an amazing song and dance by the staff. The team takes some time out and have fun white water rafting in Jinja. They luckily survive after the raft capsizes. Flying up to Northern Uganda, as it is far too dangerous for them to ride, Ewan and Charley have an emotional day. Visiting a UNICEF site which helps look after child soldiers, former abductees of the Lord’s Resistance Army. As Charley is feeling settled and confident in his riding, wheelie fever comes back and he entertains the locals with his skills. After arriving at the wrong border there’s a dash to get to the right Rwandan border to make it across before it closes. The route is blocked as a lorry has overturned and the cars have to detour. With the clock ticking, the bikes ride ahead and make it through just before nightfall. Now in Rwanda Ewan wants to find out how this country has heeled it’s-self since the genocide 12 years ago. Ewan and Charley spend an amazing morning with a family of gorillas and are overwhelmed by opportunity to be so close.
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- Premiered: October 28, 2007
- Rating: TV-14
- Premise: Actor-adventurers Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman motorcycle from Scotland to South Africa in a 10-part series covering 15,000 miles that took 85 days to complete. The series originally aired on the BBC, as did the 2004 McGregor-Boorman motorcycle advent… (more)
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