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EWAN MCGREGOR AND CHARLEY BOORMAN
16 October 2004
Presented by Sandi Toksvig

Charley Boorman, Sandi Toksvig & Ewan McGregor


On this week's programme Sandi Toksvig talks to actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman about their 20,000 mile trip around the world by motorbike.

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Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman are both known more for acting than for travelling:  Ewan McGregor for films such as Moulin Rouge  and Star Wars; Charley Boorman for his roles in Serpents Kiss  and Excalibur.

They were already firm friends with a shared interest in motorbikes and they have just completed a demanding and somewhat risky round the world trip.  This was London to New York the hard way.  Straight across Europe, through Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Siberia, before crossing to North America.

It was always going to be an ambitious journey, but some of their encounters, particularly with the street children of Mongolia, have made this a life changing experience. 

Their book "Long Way Round: Chasing Shadows Across the World"  is published by  Atria Books ISBN: 0743499336 on 26th November 2004.

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