BBC’s Celebrity Race Across The World pulled from air just hours before launch

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    The BBC has yanked Celebrity Race Across the World from air just hours before its first episode was due to go out.

    It's the new celebrity version of BBC's intense travel competition, where pairs quite literally race across the globe in the hopes of winning thousands of pounds.

    The star-studded edition will see GMB star Alex Beresford, McFly drummer Harry Judd, All Saints star Melanie Blatt and sports rider Billy Monger journey across the world with a loved one.

    READ MORE: BBC's Celebrity Race Across The World cast – from McFly's Harry Judd to GMB host

    Fans of the show were gearing up for the first episode on Wednesday (September 13) at 9pm, but they've had to wait a little longer.

    The BBC have opted to postpone the series due to the horrific earthquake which hit Morocco over the weekend.

    The show is set to start in the Moroccan city of Marrakech, before ending at the Norwegian city of Tromsø, some 10,000km away.

    It's clear then that BBC bosses felt it would be insensitive to air scenes shot in Morocco given the devastating disaster which has just hit the city.

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    No new date has been revealed as yet by the broadcaster.

    The epicentre of the 6.8 magnitude quake, which struck just after 11pm local time on Friday, was just outside Marrakech, a popular tourist hub.

    It is one of the worst disasters the country has endured in over a century, leaving over 2,000 people dead and emergency services still trying to find people in the rubble.

    GMB weatherman Alex will be racing with his dad Noel, while McFly guitarist Harry is travelling with mum Emma.

    24-year-old Billy will be running the race with his sister, Bonny – and Mel will be with her mum Helene.

    Morocco continues to be hit by aftershocks in the region, after Friday's deadly quake.

    Britain's Foreign Office is continuing to offer its support to rescue search teams, with 60 search and rescue crews and four dogs joining the hunt for survivors.

    The Ministry of Defence is also looking at helping the Moroccan government, with two massive RAF transporters headed to the scene.

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