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Lonely Planet travelogues for BBC Entertainment in India

A block of Lonely Planet travel-based TV shows will debut in India on BBC Entertainment on 29 November, beginning with Free Rein and Amazon With Bruce Parry.

Free Rein, commissioned by BBC Worldwide Channels from Lonely Planet's production division Freehand, follows actors Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward as they adventure across the Australian Outback. Meanwhile, Amazon With Bruce Parry follows the explorer's epic journey down the world's greatest river.

"The Lonely Planet schedule is designed to take our viewers on a journey of exploration and discovery, and we've selected these titles to feed their passion for experiencing the world through travel," said David Weiland, senior vice president and TV channels, BBC Worldwide.

Another new show, currently being filmed in Europe, the USA and Australia, is destined for the new programming block in 2012. Year of Adventures, produced by Lonely Planet TV and BBC Bristol, stars Ben Fogle and is based on the Lonely Planet book of the same name.

"Along with our own growing roster of original commissions, like Free Rein and Year of Adventures, these programmes will find a natural home in the Lonely Planet block, with a host of engaging personalities and experts to transport viewers right to the heart of a place."

Earlier this year, the BBC acquired the Lonely Planet brand in its entirety, after holding a 75% stake of the travel publishing company since 2007.

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