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London cabbie Mason McQueen drives taxis in different cities. In Phnom Penh, Cambodia, he gets to grips with the tuk-tuk. Can he navigate the chaos and anarchy?

London cabbie Mason McQueen follows up on his experiences in Toughest Place to be a Taxi Driver as he takes on a global taxi-driving challenge.

Mason's first challenge brings him to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, where he will be getting to grips with a very different kind of cab, the tuk-tuk. Living and working with a local driver, 46-year-old Polo Doot, Mason takes his life in his hands as he learns to drive what is essentially a converted scooter on the chaotic streets of Phnom Penh.

Through the eyes of his host, Mason discovers a country where inequality is surging, as the wealthy elite profit from a property boom, while a third of the population still lives on less than a few dollars a day. Protests by the victims of land grabs continue in Phnom Penh, even though police have used extreme violence to quell civil unrest in the past.

Mason faces an emotional and sometimes terrifying journey as he adapts to life in the Cambodian slums, where deep fried tarantula appears on the menu and where traffic mayhem is commonplace. By the end of his stay, the cockney cabbie has to take paying customers as a fully fledged Cambodian tuk-tuk driver.

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Sun 20 Mar 2016 04:15

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:02

    David Fanshawe

    Lau Chao Su 

    Orchestra: Dep Nyai Court Orchestra .
  • 00:05

    Christophe Goze

    Good Morning Beijing 

  • 00:07

    Tom Mansi

    Party Party Tuk Tuk 

    Composer: Paul White .
  • 00:08

    Sandy Nelson

    Let There Be Drums 

  • 00:10

    Darren Leigh Purkiss


  • 00:12

    Duane Eddy

    Because They're Young 

  • 00:13

    Duane Eddy


  • 00:14

    The Osmonds

    Traffic In My Mind 

  • 00:15



  • 00:25

    Johnny and the Hurricanes

    Traffic Jam 

  • 00:29

    David Fanshawe

    Phin Lute Solo 

    Orchestra: Dep Nyai Court Orchestra .
  • 00:33

    Ջիվան Գասպարյան

    I Will Not Be Sad In This World 

    Performer: Ջիվան Գասպարյան.
  • 00:36

    Canned Heat

    Going Up The Country

  • 00:41

    Joe Perry

    Spiderman Theme 

    Performer: Alison Brown Quartet.
  • 00:42

    Dengue Fever

    Laugh Track 

  • 00:48

    Richard Wagner

    The Valkyrie: Ride Of The Valkyries 

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: David Parry.
  • 00:50

    Dengue Fever

    I'm Sixteen 

  • 00:56

    Duane Eddy


  • 00:53



  • 00:55


    Party Party Tuk Tuk 

  • 00:56

    Ջիվան Գասպարյան

    I Will Not Be Sad In This World 


Role Contributor
Presenter Mason McQueen
Series Producer Simon Watts-Davies
Producer Simon Muriel
Producer Jo Hurst


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  • Mon 23 Jun 2014 23:50
  • Wed 16 Jul 2014 00:20
  • Wed 16 Jul 2014 00:50
  • Sun 20 Mar 2016 04:15



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