Paul Hollywood's Big Continental Road Trip


Series 1 - Episode 1 Italy



The grin never leaves Paul Hollywood’s face in this love letter to Italian car design. It’s the first of a new not-at-all-like-Top-Gear series where he explores a country’s culture via its cars.

And the Great British Bake Off judge adores cars: watching this, you feel baking comes a poor second in his passions. Some presenters give the impression of revving up enthusiasm for the cameras but Hollywood’s glee here is real, there’s no mistaking. He looks at a Lamborghini or Maserati not just with love but with full-on, fuel-injected lust.

Even when he drives a little Piaggeo Ape (a comedy three-wheeled scooter-van) around the streets of Verona, he has a blast. And the look on the face of the man from Pagani as Paul lets rip in the firm’s secret new model, is as priceless as the car itself.


The Bake Off judge takes a series of road trips across different countries in Europe, driving some of the most famous cars made in each nation he visits. The first episode comes from Italy, where Paul takes a six-day journey with a different car for each day, beginning in Rome where he is joined by Strictly Come Dancing's Bruno Tonioli.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Paul Hollywood
Contributor Bruno Tonioli
Director Ewan Keil
Executive Producer Jamie Balment
Executive Producer Steve Gowans
Producer Craig Mcalpine
Producer Ewan Keil
Series Producer Ian Bayliss
Writer Ewan Keil
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