The Last Overland

Coming October 2022

In 2019, Grammar Productions recreated one of the 20th century’s most iconic and challenging road journeys.

Watch the 4x60' documentary series, launching exclusively on All4 this October.

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The History

The Last Overland Team
The Last Overland Team

IN 1955, six young men set out to make history by being the first to drive 19,000 miles overland from London to Singapore. Many had tried, all had failed. But after six months of hard slog this team finally made it, and a bedazzled young BBC producer, David Attenborough, commissioned a TV series to share their incredible adventure with a post-war-weary British public. The book written about the journey – The First Overland – has never been out of print, and has inspired generations of adventurers since.  

"A Marvellous Piece of History"
- BBC News

Many years later, (now Sir) David paid tribute in a special programme to mark “this wonderful journey”. It was a journey, however, he was sure “could not be made again today.” Attenborough’s words planted a seed in the mind of 87 year old Tim Slessor, one of the surviving ‘First Overlanders’, who was determined to prove otherwise. In 2019, backed by a team from across the world, Tim finally got his chance.

"The Mother of All Road Trips"
- Land Rover Monthly

So began what’s been called  “the mother of all road trips”, an audacious, madcap and heart-warming adventure in a 64 year old car crossing 23 countries, in which absolutely nothing went to plan right from the very start.

- The Financial Times