India On Four Wheels – Justin Rowlatt and Anita Rani embark on a motoring odyssey around India to discover how the country’s booming car industry is impacting on its billion-plus population.
India is one of the fastest growing economies on Earth and nowhere is this reflected more than in the explosion in car ownership. Anita Rani (The One Show) travels west from Delhi to Chennai in a brand new Indian-built four by four to meet the businessmen and celebrities who epitomise the new India. But India’s growth has a dark side – including widespread corruption.
Justin Rowlatt (Newsnight, The One Show) heads East, via Calcutta, on his trip to Chennai, travelling in a Hindustan Ambassador – a car that epitomises the old India. This India has hundreds of millions of subsistence farmers, many with no electricity or running water – let alone cars.
Their very different rides make for two epic and chaotic journeys full of excitement and colour.
Producer: BBC Productions
TX: Summer / Autumn 2011