More fun and Games
The boys hit Europe before London, writes
COMIC duo Hamish Blake and Andy Lee say rabbit jumping in Sweden and a bizarre finger-pulling competition in Germany are just some of the highlights of their new show.
Following on the success of their US trek in 2011, Hamish and Andy’s Euro Gap Year premieres on Channel 9 in the lead-up to London Olympics.
It’s been a quick turnaround for the seven-episode Euro Gap Year series because they wanted the show to be relevant for the Games.
‘‘We started shooting a couple of weeks ago . . . and pretty much it’s a weekly event so we catch up on things quickly,’’ Blake says.
‘‘We are a couple of episodes shorter this year because we do run into the Games.’’
The Euro Gap Year journey takes in numerous European countries and Blake said it will include several similar segments that were popular during their US adventure.
Their travels and adventures throughout Europe will be broadcast weekly from The Lord Stanley, a disused pub in East London.
‘‘It feels more like a gap year because of the London platform, but we’ve been to Finland, Bosnia and Germany,’’ Blake says.
‘‘We will have the races and hidden camera stuff so that gives it that flavour of variety.’’
The show winds up on the eve of the 2012 Olympic Games on July 26, although the pair will stay in London for other media duties before returning to Australia to plan their next move.
‘‘We are going to do more of a weekly radio show during the Olympic Games and work out by the end of the year another TV show as we’d like to do another journey of sorts,’’ Lee says.
The boys admit they’re milking the gap year project for all it’s worth.
‘‘We’d love to do a couple of specials to round out the year.’’
Thursdays from June 14, 8pm, Nine, NBN.
Hamish Blake and Andy Lee embark on a Euro gap year.