Idris Elba to Star In Second Discovery Series

Idris Elba is to front a follow-up to his series No Limits on Discovery. Photograph: Broadimage/Rex Features
Idris Elba is to front a follow-up to his series No Limits on Discovery. Photograph: Broadimage/Rex Features

TV network Discovery is planning to make a new series with Idris Elba following the success of his show No Limits.

The series featured the actor competing in drag racing, power boating and aerobatic flying events, as well as an attempt on the land speed record.

Speaking at the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, Discovery Networks International executive vice-president Phil Craig said: “We’re developing another series with Idris, a similar show to No Limits.”

However, he added it was “not necessarily about cars, it’s about what drives him … a different sort of challenge … something he personally cares about.”

Elba previously fronted BBC2 documentary King of Speed, in which he explored how motor racing has evolved on the track and on the street.

Craig unveiled a number of new Discovery shows including Free Ride, a series in which survivalist Rob Greenfield treks across South America with no money and Driving Wild, during which Formula One mechanic Marc Priestley uses his skill to customise enthusiasts’ cars.

Also due to air next year is Question Everything, a science show presented by YouTube star Dr Derek Miller and First Heartbeat, a documentary about miscarriages.

In June, Discovery – which owns Eurosport – won the rights to the Olympics from 2022 onwards.

Craig said Discovery is planning to make some factual shows around the event but a deal has not yet been signed with the BBC to sub-license some of the live coverage.

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SOURCE: The Guardian – Tara Conlan

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