'Monte Carlo or Bust' in a MINI Cooper (ITV1)

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  1. Not quite a media event but thirty seven 'couples' in their Mini Coopers met up at Reims to embark on a well organised route through eastern France using some classic roads used on classic 1960's rallies when the Mini Cooper reigned supreme by winning 3 Monte Carlo Rallies and others. (Or was it 4 MCRs?). All without a camera crew but lots of action shots were taken with many crews' cameras! All crews enjoyed foody pit stops at every opportunity and spent a very pleasant evening in Monte Carlo. With grateful thanks to the organising team from the Minis to Monte team within the MCR. If you are a member of the MCR all will be revealed in the December magazine.
    Credits:
    Route planner : Robert Clayson with help from Paul Easter's memoirs
    Route recording : Peter Moss
    Route check : John Wilkins & John Matthews
    On event support : Paul Wilson & Robert Young
    Cameras : The participants
    Accommodation & Catering : Typically French

  2. Three couples hit the road on a mad-cap jaunt from London to Monte Carlo to discover the genius, glory and grub of France in this brand-new series for ITV1.

    Paired up to embark on this travel adventure are Jack Dee and Ade Edmondson, in a VW camper van, Jodie Kidd and Julian Clary, in a Bentley convertible and [B]Penny Smith and Rory McGrath, in a union jack bedecked MINI Cooper. [/B]

    But this is no simple holiday; the couples are in competition to get under the skin of France and discover what makes our closest neighbour tick. As their journeys unfold taking in the stunning French countryside, winding around breath-taking mountains and cruising along the coastal roads the couples are tasked with collecting a total of three items that best represent the head, heart and stomach of each of the regions they are passing through.

    The intrepid explorers are followed as they each find their own route through France and at the end of each stage of their journey they are judged on what they have learned and collected along the way. The overall winners are revealed in the stunning setting of Monte Carlo in Monaco.

    In the first episode, the teams set off from Trafalgar Square and travel through Northern France on their way to Paris…………
    [B]ITV1 Thursday, October 28th, 2010 9:00pm to 10:00pm[/B]

    Monte Carlo or Bust is produced and directed by Andrew Fettis. The executive producers are Richard Cowles and Griff Rhys Jones.

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