The BBC has dropped Celebrity Race Across The World just days before it was set to air on BBC One. It was postponed ahead of its debut at 9pm on Wednesday, September 13, following a huge earthquake in Morocco.
The premiere of Celebrity Race Across The World sees the stars, which includes Alex Beresford and his dad Noel and Harry Judd with his mum Emma, begin their journey in Marrakesh. They then will make the journey across 24 countries and 10,000 km to get to Tromsø in Norway.
But the tragic earthquake killed nearly 2,500 people and left many more injured. The 6.8-magnitude earthquake his struck south of Marrakesh on Friday night. It is Morocco’s biggest in over 120 years.
A BBC spokesperson said: “In light of the earthquake in Morocco we have taken the decision to postpone the first episode of Celebrity Race Across the World, which was filmed in Marrakesh. We’ll update on new schedule details shortly.”
Speaking about the challenges, Alex had previously said: “This trip is about sacrifices; you have to sacrifice at every stage to make your money last. You have to really think about your choices and, also, there will be some gambles, so I’m worried about the gambles that we take – will they be the right gambles? Will they be the wrong gambles?’
Harry added: “It feels like a totally unique opportunity, particularly at our age and our stages of life. I’ve got three young children, so you can imagine me trying to pitch to my wife that I’m going off travelling for a month. I never travelled when I was younger, I travelled with the band, but I never properly did backpacking, and I always wanted to, and I think the same applies for my mum, she always wanted to but started a family when she was 22.”