Travelling Blind, produced by the U.K.’s Spun Gold TV, is gearing up for a launch on BBC Two.
The new travel doc stars Amar Latif, a blind world traveler, who heads out on an adventure with comedian Sara Pascoe. In Travelling Blind, Pascoe acts as Latif’s sighted guide as they explore Turkey’s cities, mountains and landscapes. The series will show the different ways in which the two experience traveling and provide a glimpse into Latif’s backstory in a journey that proves transformational for him and Pascoe.
Emily Smith, BBC commissioning editor for documentaries, said: “Amar’s unique way of embracing the world provides for a refreshing new take on the travel format and not only helps Sara ‘see’ the world differently, but also encourages us all to think about how we interact with the world around us.”
Daniela Neumann, managing director of Spun Gold, said: “Travelling Blind is heart-warming, insightful and emotional and takes travel shows in a new direction. As well as seeing a new side to Turkey, audiences will enjoy the developing bond and banter between the inspirational Amar and Sara as their journey becomes just as much about their relationship as their journey.”
Latif added: “Sara and I have a very different style of travel; however, during our time in Turkey we both learned to discover a new way of traveling. Sara became a wonderful sighted guide and we experienced and learned a huge amount from each other. I think this new show highlights how sighted people can sometimes focus too much on the visuals and getting the perfect ‘Instagram’ image, so they aren’t so present in the moment and then miss out on the multisensory experience that travel, for me, is all about.”