- Channel Hop: The first two trips were broadcast on Bravo while the third was streamed on Apple TV+.
- Sequel Gap: There's a 12-year gap between Down and Up because McGregor and Boorman couldn't get their busy schedules to sync and the two drifted apart. After Boorman suffered a bad accident, the two decided to rekindle their friendship and make time to do the trip.
- Saved from Development Hell: Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman both expressed enthusiasm for taking on a third trip, Long Way Up. But it was almost impossible for McGregor to set aside enough time for the project, resulting in a 12 year gap between Long Way Down and Long Way Up.
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