Romesh Ranganathan gets new travel show

Thursday 5th October 2017, 2:34pm

  • Romesh Ranganathan will visit "beautiful but dangerous" countries in his latest travelogue series
  • The comedian will be given "an eye opening, and at times heart stopping, insider's guide"
  • Romesh's Really Rough Guide follows the success of Asian Provocateur in previous years
Romesh Ranganathan. Copyright: Rumpus Media.

Following the success of his BBC Three travelogues Asian Provocateur, Romesh Ranganathan will travel the world again for BBC Two.

Romesh's Really Rough Guide (a working title) is a three-part series in which the stand-up comedian will explore "some of the most beautiful but dangerous places on earth".

From the same production company as Asian Provocateur, Rumpus Media, the hour-long programmes are expected to be broadcast in 2018.

BBC Two explain: "Romesh Ranganathan is a comedian and TV presenter whose idea of a nice trip away is two weeks in the Algarve. In this series, he's travelling way beyond his comfort zone and the world of a complimentary breakfast buffet as he ventures to some of the most beautiful but dangerous places on earth.

"Hosted by locals and fully immersed in the local culture, he's going to be given an eye opening, and at times heart stopping, insider's guide to countries that are big on natural beauty, character and charm. Largely unspoiled by hordes of tourists because of their bad reputations, Romesh will discover why they're perceived to be amongst the most dangerous on Earth and therefore not generally on your average holiday wish list.

"Holidaying where other (some may say wiser) people fear to venture, he will forego home comforts to really explore the heart of these areas, challenging both his own and our preconceptions about them, ultimately exploring whether they are as dangerous as we are led to believe or in fact well worth visiting."

Romesh says: "I got fed up with people telling me that doing travel shows was essentially a paid holiday, so I decided to tackle that by doing one where I could actually die."

Emily Hudd of Rumpus Media says: "We're so excited to be working with Romesh again on this new series for BBC Two, as he gives us his uniquely funny take on some of the most beautiful yet dangerous places on the planet. Are they as terrifying as we think, or could you actually have a lovely holiday there? Luckily for us, Romesh is going on ahead to find out."

David Brindley, Head of Popular Factual at the BBC, said: "I'm delighted to be working with Romesh. The prospect of him acting as our guide to places many would fear to tread was too enticing to resist. I wish him an action-packed, but safe trip!"


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