Celebrity Race Across The World: Everything we know about series one and two

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27 Jul 2023, 14:30

Celebrity Race Across The World

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Along with the regular series of Race Across The World, there is also a star-studded version with some seriously famous faces.

The spin-off series sees celebs make their intrepid journey - but where to?

Here’s everything you need to know about Celebrity Race Across The World!

Who took part in series one?

Stars from TV, music and sport did their best against the elements, landscapes and time to make it to each checkpoint.

McFly drummer Harry Judd and his mum Emma made up one team, while weather presenter Alex Beresford and his dad Noel forming another. Mel Blatt from iconic 90s pop group All Saints teamed-up with her mum Helene, while British racing driver and pundit Billy Monger joined forces with his sister Bonny.

Good Morning Britain star Alex said: “I thought it was a fantastic opportunity to do something that we've never done before.”

Meanwhile, Blatt said she did it "for the experience, to be out of my comfort zone, to do something that I wouldn't necessarily choose to do on my own."

McFly’s Harry said: “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.”

Finally, sports star Billy shared: “I spoke to Bon about it, and she said it could be quite cool. So, we sat down and watched the previous series and got more and more into it and then decided why not!”

Where did the series one journey take place?

The six-part series saw four teams begin their challenge in Marrakech, Morocco, and end in Tromsø, Norway. 

The epic journey spanned 24 countries and over 10,000 km, with the route going through the Alps, Baltic States and Scandinavia.

As with the normal series, the contestants had to race to the finish line thousands of miles away without using any of the luxuries they’re used to, including air travel.

They also had to go without smartphones, credit cards or access to the internet in order to make it from one checkpoint to another, and relied on the kindness of strangers to complete the journey. 

Who won series one of Celebrity Race Across The World?

The exciting Celebrity Race Across the World finale saw one duo make it to the last checkpoint just moments ahead of another pair.

There are no spoilers in this article, so if you want to know who the winners were, go here.

Will there be a series two of Celebrity Race Across The World?

The exciting news is that the BAFTA award-winning programme will indeed be back for a second series.

The announcement was made on 6th November, with the news being shared on X (formerly Twitter). The post read: "After an incredible race from Africa to the Arctic, we are delighted to announce that #CelebrityRaceAcrossTheWorld will be returning to @BBCOne and @BBCiPlayer for a second series! 🌍🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️"

As yet, there is no set date for the release of the second celebrity series, or any news as to who will be in it, so keep an eye on virginradio.co.uk for more news.