Pilgrimage: The Road to Rome

After the critically acclaimed Pilgrimage: The Road to Santiago, eight well known personalities are back on the road, but this time they’re heading to Rome!

All with differing beliefs and faiths, actors Les Dennis and Lesley Joseph, professional dancer Brendan Cole, comedians Stephen K Amos and Katy Brand, Olympic champion Greg Rutherford, Irish Eurovision Song contest winner Dana and television presenter Mehreen Baig will live as modern day pilgrims. 

Donning backpacks and walking boots, they’ll stay in basic hostels, sleep in shared dorms and follow a largely untrodden route as they set out on the ancient 2000km Via Francigena. It will take them over the Alps and through the vineyards of Tuscany with the end goal of reaching Rome, the home of the Roman Catholic Church.

But how will they react when they receive an extraordinary invitation from the Pope and will this journey of a lifetime change the way they think about themselves and their beliefs?


An article on The Road to Rome by The Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bbc-sends-stars-on-vatican-pilgrimage-398w6cgm9

...the meeting with Pope Francis proves surprising, moving and pretty extraordinary. Even one of the group's least religious members says tearfully, "This is what I've been waiting for for a long time."

David Butcher, Radio Times
Ep1 5th April 2019
Ep 2 12th April 2019
Ep 3 19th April 2019
Executive Producers Caroline Matthews and Colm Martin
Series Producer Toni Williamson