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Netflix Travel Documentary in Works with British Comedian Sue Perkins

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Having taken part in several travel adventures for the BBC, Sue Perkins is set to explore the world once more, this time for Netflix. Deadline first reports that the working title of the show, for now, is “Perfectly Legal,” with much of North and South America expected to be at the forefront of the series.

Perkins has featured in shows such as “The Mekong River with Sue Perkins” and “Japan with Sue Perkins” for British audiences, but working for Netflix will this time give her a broader international audience. Deadline also reveals that Rumpus Media will work on the series, which has been responsible for many travel shows in the past, including most recently “Around the World by Train with Tony Robinson.”

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, any form of travel – especially international – is becoming increasingly difficult, so it remains to be seen how much of this series will be affected. Deadline reports that filming “has taken place,” however it is likely that production on the series, for now, is on hold. With no release date announced, Netflix and Perkins are flexible to take as much time as they will need to wait for this pandemic to ease.

Perkins is a household name in the UK, and collaboration with Netflix could launch her to wider international fame. She hosted “The Great British Bake Off” at its peak, with her witty banter with the judges and co-host Mel Giedroyc often the highlight of the show.

Netflix has produced several original travel documentaries over the past few years, including “Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father,” “Ugly Delicious,” and “Dark Tourist.” It is, however, not a genre that Netflix has created much of, with already established series’ – such as those featuring Louis Theroux – already available on the streaming service in some areas of the world.

Many Netflix productions have been shut down over the last few weeks, including “The Witcher,” meaning that any original programming not already filmed is likely to be delayed. The streaming giants have, however, committed to bringing as much content to audiences as possible during this pandemic, including bringing cancelled theatrical releases such as “The Lovebirds” online.

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Written by Bradley Weir

Recently graduated from the UK with a degree in film. Passionate about all things movies, especially the awards season!

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