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Charley on the telly PDF Print E-mail
Written by Em-J   


What do you get if you cross Long Way and Ice Road Truckers? The answer is ABR Charley Boorman, up to his wotsits in Arctic tundra for the nation's entertainment.

Charley's latest TV escapade, World's Most Dangerous Roads, sees the biking Thespian and comedian Sue Perkins tackle Alaska's famously formidable Dalton Highway, a dirt track built in the 1970s as a supply road to support the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

Highway maintenance is a full time job on this route with avalanche units operating throughout the year. As Arctic conditions close in on them, the pair have to rely on the help of the hardcore truckers who call the highway home. The rules of the road are: keep the CB radio switched on, don't exceed 50mph, and when an 18-wheel truck comes thundering down the road towards you, get out of the way!

Admittedly Sue and Charley are on four wheels, not two, (though we suspect two-up on a GSA would get more viewers!) but if you're a fan of Charley and fancy some rough-road style action this Sunday, tune into BBC2 at 9.00pm for what's bound to be a bit of a giggle, if nothing else.

The second and third instalments of this three-part series air on Sunday 11 and Sunday 18 September respectively and feature comedians Rhod Gilbert (angry Welsh chap) and Greg Davies slogging it out in mountainous Nepal, and Ben Fogle and Huge Dennis attempting a four-wheeled ascent on the Andes. We plan on having a looksee just to confirm we'd do it better by bike.


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