Finally, we’ve got a release date for the Long Way Up television show. Apple TV+ announced the show’s premier will be September 18, 2020, with new episodes rolling out weekly after that.
Wait—why do ADV riders care about a TV show? It’s because Long Way Up is the sequel to Long Way Down and Long Way Round, two highly influential travelogues from actors/riders/longtime buddies Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman. In the first two series (both originally broadcast in the UK), the dynamic duo rode BMW adventure bikes around the world, and then the classic London-to-Cape-Town route. These shows broadcast in the early 2000s, and were responsible for much of the international boom in the ADV scene over the past few years—they exposed a whole generation of motorcyclists to adventure riding.
For a long time, Charley and Ewan’s fans speculated they’d do a follow-up trip through the Americas, and last summer, word came out that they were indeed working on that plan. But then, it got weird—no BMW sponsorship, not even a KTM or Yamaha deal. Instead, the travelers took electric Harley-Davidson LiveWires from Argentina to LA. Considering the limitations of electric motorcycles, it was an ambitious project, but they did indeed finish the trip. Now, we’re going to see the results, in a travelogue on Apple TV+.
On this trip, Ewan and Charley were on the road for 100 days, covering 13 countries and 13,000 miles. That’s a long ride for anyone, but especially on a battery bike. See more details in the press release below the photo gallery!
“Long Way Up” to Debut Globally September 18 on Apple TV+
Apple TV+ today unveiled a first look at “Long Way Up,” an epic new motorcycle series, starring and executive produced by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, which reunites best friends after more than a decade since their last motorbike adventure around the world. The first three episodes of “Long Way Up” will premiere globally on Apple TV+ on Friday, September 18, and new episodes will roll out weekly.
Covering 13,000 miles over 100 days through 16 border crossings and 13 countries, starting from the city of Ushuaia at the tip of South America, Ewan and Charley journey through the glorious and underexposed landscapes of South and Central America in their most challenging expedition to date, using cutting edge technology on the backs of their electric Harley-Davidson LiveWire® motorcycles in order to contribute to the sustainability of the planet.
The new series will follow Ewan and Charley as they journey through Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and up through Colombia, Central America and Mexico. Also joining them are their longtime collaborators, directors David Alexanian and Russ Malkin following them in their electric Rivians.
“Long Way Up” is a new original series that follows Ewan and Charley’s previous adventures in “Long Way Round” and “Long Way Down.”
The series will join an expanding offering of acclaimed unscripted series and films including the recently announced Fireball,” an original feature documentary directed by acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog and Professor Clive Oppenheimer; the soon-to-premiere 2020 Sundance US Grand Jury Prize award-winning documentary, “Boys State”; and the acclaimed, five-time Emmy nominated – including for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special – “Beastie Boys Story.”
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