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on 17 March 2017
I live in a bubble without TV, newspapers or telephone, and little interest in celebrities, so I had absolutely no idea who Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman were, but they were riding around the world on Beemer GS’, so they had to be worth watching, especially as I have been toying with buying one recently and doing some decent distances on it.

I have some experience of riding bikes reasonable distances, but only within the UK, whether it was riding my KLR650 from Sussex to see my then girlfriend in York every other weekend or riding my heavily laden trailer-towing Goldwing around the UK attending events every other weekend. None of this was in any way as challenging as what these guys took on. My greatest strain was stretching out to reach the can of drink suspended in its gimbal from the bars of the Goldwing, and deciding whether to stretch out my feet onto the cruiser boards. I had comfortable tarmac all the way until I reached a well rolled field somewhere up north where I could park up the bike, throw up the Khyam tent and drop into the bar for a drink and food.

Firstly buy the special edition DVD set as advised by the other reviews.

Spoilers from here….It has all of the set up of the expedition, which is hugely interesting. For a long time the garage for the bikes sits empty of bikes and equipment, and you think that they will be going nowhere, but things slot into place. KTM decide that they are not worthy of their bikes. You must be kicking yourself now guys! BMW got such great advertising out of this, and it might be part of the reason that whenever you see a group of bikers, especially European bikers, out there in the wilds of north west Scotland, they are all riding BMW GS bikes, and look like they are thoroughly enjoying the experience.

Ewan and Charley are obviously great mates and they are tougher than you might imagine. They go through situations that most of us would have thrown in the towel. How many times can you lift a fully laden GS out of the deep and sucking mud before it starts getting a bit old?

I was expecting them to be a bit precious, but as Claudio the cameraman said in one of the extra pieces, he was allowed to film when and what he wanted, so if Ewan was having a bad hair day, he wasn’t about to be a prima donna over it. So you get a warts and all view of it, even when they are trying new “recipes” with differing successes! They are just two really down to earth guys with no airs and graces, who obviously have no time for pretentiousness.

In the places where the road ran out and there was no way around, they, and the support crew, if they were around, would come up with solutions to the problems, sometimes with the locals playing a part.

There is a bit of everything in this documentary from male bonding and boys toys, to disasters, tears and joy, through discomfort, pre-packed camping meals and pain. The only negative was that Harley Davidsons were included!

Well worth taking the time to watch this if you are interested in adventure travel especially centring around motorbikes. Don’t be surprised though if after watching it you start to look sidelong at the GS and wonder if you might just re-mortgage the house and go on your own little adventure, after all, Europe does look nice at this time of year. How about riding around Bavaria, then across to Vienna for a few days before going through the former Soviet states in Eastern Europe: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, keeping the Adriatic on your right until you roll into Greece? Then make your way across to Italy, someone has to sail across that gap surely, through France and Belgium then back home? Take 3 months to do it. Enjoy yourself. Just remember that you are a long time dead and why would you want to spend any more of your life stuck in the traffic on that hideous commute when you could be having a beer and a great meal in a restaurant alongside the Med?

Get inspired - go somewhere
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on 7 September 2017
I hadn't seen this since the original broadcast. Definitely cut for the pre-boxset era (so much overlap at the start of each episode 'previously on Long Way round...') and binging the entire series gets a bit frustrating, but still a joy to watch.
I'd recommend pausing the main feature and watching the 'First 5 days' bonus feature after the guys leave London as there's so much material in this one extra that it's probably best watched in context as most is skipped from the original broadcast material - might be worth doing the extra 'Preparation' feature at this point too.
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on 17 January 2005
It's not often that a DVD is worth the money in terms of quality and quantity. However, the Long Way Round is a fabulous DVD containing all 7 episodes together with some intriguing extras.
The series is well produced and compulsive viewing, even when watching all 7 episodes at one sitting. Ewan comes across as a very modest, down to earth person and Charlie has a wicked sense of humour. Together they make a great double act and play off against each other to great affect.
Sure, the 2 guys have a full back up team and there is a third biker with them at all times, but this doesn't diminish the achievement of what they did. In some respects the other people add an extra dimension to the programme. The majority of the episodes focus on Ewan and Charlie and their travels.
Most of the extras are fairly bog standard. However, there are 2 extras worth looking out for. Firstly there is a more in-depth mini-episode covering the first 5 days. These days were pretty much ignored in the original series so it's great so see some more footage from Western Europe. The second extra of note is the post trip interview. Ewan and Charlie are obviously great friends and guide us through some high and lows from the trip.
All in all, an inspirational DVD. Especially to the wannabe world traveller. Watching this makes you just want to get out there and go to it.
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on 17 August 2017
What can I say that possibly hasn't already been said, it's brilliant. Other than the picture quality should really be enhanced for newer TVs. I thought it was a big grainy and somehow this spoilt it slightly but it's a minor complaint. Roll-on the new one, whenever that might be. In a recent interview on BBC5 Live, Charley Boorman said they'd do one more perhaps when they were 'Old and Grumpy...'
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on 25 March 2017
I have been around the planet, armchair style, these guys are just brilliant - in fact I met Charlie Boorman at the motorcycle show in Birmingham, top bloke.
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on 1 August 2017
Great series with Charley boorman and Ewan McGregor. Great adventure series on bmw adventure bike crossing the planet. Defiantly worth the watch.
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on 22 March 2017
Husband has wanted this on DVD for ages. So pleased with purchase.
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on 20 July 2006
I bought this and it is good but since then they have brought out an extended edition. I have now seen both and the special edition is better giving you more of an appreciation what they went through. In the original they seemed to get fed up by the time they reached Canada/USA and there was hardly any detail but they have corrected this in the new version.
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on 14 April 2013
i ordered this as my partner had read the book so thought i would treat him, the dvd was fine but he informed me that 2 episodes were missing this was not mentioned by the seller as i thought i was getting the full series but when he showed me on amazon i could see that there should of been 10 episodes not 8
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on 21 August 2017
Loved it
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