The Asia Express – Season 2015 was organized in Northern Vietnam in October, 2015 by Eccholine Media and ground services arranged by Green Discovery Indochina. We’re proud to be selected as a local producer to arrange the ground services and film permits for Peking Express – One of the most famous film producers on the world. Peking Express is a Dutch/Flemish reality game show that follows a series of couples as they hitchhike to or from Beijing (only in the first three seasons; seasons four and five are set in South America). The series has already gone through five seasons. In the Netherlands it is screened by Net 5 and in Belgium by VT4. A German version was shown in 2004. The concept has also been sold to Scandinavia where it was broadcast for the first time in the autumn of 2007. The Scandinavian version is shown on Kanal 5 in Sweden, TVNorge in Norway and Kanal 5 in Denmark. A French version named Pékin Express is screened by M6, with ten seasons aired from 2006 to 2014. It can be seen on TV5 outside France.
The theme of the show is to demonstrate how various couples deal with the challenges and pitfalls of attempting a long-distance hitchhike to a strange city, together with all the difficulties presented by trying to communicate in a language they don’t understand. Tension was added by including couples who had broken up “in real life”, but were willing to work together for the sake of winning the race.
In somewhat similar fashion to The Amazing Race, couples that come in last at various checkpoints along the way are eliminated from further competition. In the second series, each of the couples was given €1 per person/per day as their stipend along the route.
The Asia Express will return to Vietnam and continues racing through Northern Vietnam in November 2015 and February 2016. We will update the images and the link of The Amazing Race video clips on our websites and social sharing pages with you soon, after the production ends.