More fun and Games

The boys hit Europe be­fore Lon­don, writes

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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.

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