While the season of “Beijing Express” continues on Tuesday March 17 with the broadcast of the 4th episode on M6, the filming of the next edition has been stopped. The cause: the coronavirus epidemic which, after China, has affected several countries in the world, including France. It was on Twitter that the channel announced the bad news, a few days after Stephane Rotenberg’s departure for East Africa.
This is a new season of “Beijing Express” which started off on a high note last February. Indeed, for the 15 years of the show, the production called upon former emblematic candidates. In total, these are 7 pairs who embarked on this adventure. A race identical to that covered by the candidates of the first season. After several stages in Russia, the four duos still in the running prepare to discover China, more particularly one of its little-known regions: Inner Mongolia.
The competition will go up a notch. Indeed, traffic will be scarce and the nerves of the candidates will be put to the test. Once again, the “prohibited car” sign will considerably disrupt competitors’ routes. At the gates of the desert, they will tackle an 8-kilometer trek that will reserve some surprises for them. Finally, the red flag will return, calling into question the classification. All shots will be allowed!
The health of pairs, a “priority”
Even before the end of the broadcast of this anniversary season, Stephane Rotenberg went back to filming. Indeed, the host flew to East Africa in early March with new duets to shoot the next edition of the flagship program of M6. But the coronavirus epidemic had an impact on the running of the competition.
Indeed, M6 announced on Monday March 16 on Twitter that filming would stop due to the virus. “Stopping of the shooting of ‘Beijing Express’. The health of the pairs and the technical teams being the priority, the shooting of the next season is stopped”. This race was to start in Uganda and then continue in Ethiopia to finish in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.
Stop shooting #pekinExpress
The health of the pairs and the technical teams being the priority, the shooting of the next season is stopped.
The “Beijing Express, back on the legendary road” anniversary season is broadcast every Tuesday at 9:05 p.m.
– M6Pro (@ M6pro) March 16, 2020