THE BBC has announced the full line-up for Celebrity Race Across The World – including Good Morning Britain and Strictly stars.
The celeb version of the BBC show was teased at the end of this year’s series, but now the famous faces taking part have been revealed.
Each star will be joined by a member of their family as they travel from Morocco to Norway.
Good Morning Britain’s Alex Beresford will be joined by his dad Noel, while All Saints singer Mel Blatt will be with her mum, Helene.
McFly drummer and Strictly winner Harry Judd will also travel with his mum, Emma, while British Racing Driver and pundit Billy Monger will compete with his sister, Bonny.
Starting in Marrakech, Morocco, the most north-western country in Africa, and ending in Tromsø, Norway, known as the Arctic capital, the epic journey will span 24 countries and over 10,000 km.
The route will see the pairs race through every landscape and culture that this part of the world has to offer: from the great North African city of Marrakech, through the seaside ports and beaches of the Mediterranean, to unrivalled historic and cosmopolitan cities, the mighty Alps, unexplored Central Europe, the fairy-tale Baltic States, and snowy Scandinavia.
In this six-part celebrity version of the much-loved series, the four celebrities and their racing partners will race to a finish line that’s thousands of miles away – without the use of air travel or any trappings of modern-day life.
Stripped of all mod-cons and all luxuries they will have to rely on their skills, cunning, ingenuity, and hard work in order to succeed. Without the use of credit cards, smartphones or access to the internet and with just the cash equivalent of completing the route to their final destination by air, they will have to earn extra money along the way as well as call upon the kindness of strangers to help them progress.
This incredible journey will give a unique insight into the celebrities and their relationships with their travelling companions.
Alex, 42, said: “I thought it was a fantastic opportunity to do something that we’ve never done before.
“Neither of us have ever backpacked, so it’s a new experience. And, also, just to see some amazing places! Across continents and across countries, and you’re getting to see everything at ground level, so it’s completely different to just flying over – getting to immerse yourself in different cultures and communities.”
Harry, 37, added: “I never travelled when I was younger. I travelled with the band, but I never properly did backpacking and I always wanted to.
“I think the same applies for my mum, she always wanted to but started a family when she was 22.”
Celebrity Race Across the World will air later this year on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.