Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico snapped up by BBC

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From the makers of Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, the BBC has acquired the Emmy-nominated series Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico from CNN Original Series for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer from Sunday 8 October

Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico

The six-part series follows the award-winning actress, producer, and director Eva Longoria as she explores the culinary culture in the lands of her ancestors to see how Mexico’s landscape and history have helped shape one of the most diverse and exciting cuisines in the world.

Each episode, which starts on Sunday 8 October 2023 at 7:20pm on BBC Two and iPlayer, sees Longoria visit a different region to show how ancient meets modern in Mexico’s cuisine, and how significant each region’s food is to its culture.

Her culinary discoveries from each stop on her tour tell stories that span centuries, of dishes exported across the world, and of cultural legacies that run through generations.

Longoria takes us to her second home, Mexico City, to show how the city is constantly evolving; her visit to Oaxaca blends the beautiful mountainous Mexican landscapes with world-class, world-renowned ingredients; and her voyages across Veracruz, the port between Mexico and the rest of the world, show how the flavours and passion of the city have reached well beyond Mexican borders.

Eva Longoria said: “As a Mexican-American, this show allowed me to connect with my roots in a profound way, exploring the rich culinary heritage of the land of my ancestors.

“Through this journey, I discovered the magic that lies within Mexican cuisine, where history, culture, and flavor converge.

“I can’t wait to share the stories, traditions, and the incredible diversity of Mexican food with audiences on BBC Two and iPlayer. It’s a celebration of Mexico’s culinary legacy, and I hope it inspires everyone to embark on their own culinary adventures.”

The series was produced by CNN Original Series and London-based film and television production company RAW.

The team also brought Stanley Tucci’s voyages across Italy to global audiences in the two-time Primetime Emmy Award-winning Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy which is streaming now on BBC iPlayer.

Jo Lapping, Head of Factual Acquisition, BBC, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing viewers another unforgettable culinary exploration with the brilliant Eva Longoria guiding us through the vibrant flavours of Mexico.”

Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico is a six-part series produced by RAW and CNN Original Series and acquired by BBC Factual Acquisition from distributor Banijay Rights, which handles global distribution for the series outside the US.

Executive Producers for Searching for Mexico are Eva Longoria, Ben Spector and Stanley Tucci with RAW’s Shauna Minoprio, Eve Kay and Jess Orr.

Amy Entelis, Lyle Gamm and Jon Adler are the Executive Producers for CNN Original Series.