Gap Year set to push dead­lines

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CO­ME­DIAN Andy Lee is un­fazed by next month’s air date for Hamish and Andy’s Asian Gap Year even though the se­ries is far from com­plete. Lee and part­ner in crime Hamish Blake re­turn to Asia next week to film the re­main­der of the Chan­nel 9 se­ries, but only half of the six episodes are ac­tu­ally in the can.

Nine has sched­uled the se­ries pre­miere for Mon­day, July 8.

Lee says they’ll still be in the process of film­ing and edit­ing the last three episodes when the sea­son starts. ‘‘It’s still be­ing shot,’’ says Lee. ‘‘We’ve al­ready done one stint of eight or nine coun­tries and we plan to head over next week.’’

One of the pair’s ma­jor stops for their re­turn trip to Asia is Bangkok, where they are con­vert­ing a bar into a TV stu­dio to ac­com­mo­date an au­di­ence. ‘‘It’s so we can have ex­pats and trav­ellers come and watch the slide show from our bar,’’ Lee says.

Lee doesn’t seem too fazed with the tight dead­lines, say­ing they ran the gaunt­let for last year’s Hamish And Andy’s Euro Gap Year when they were still film­ing in the week the episode went to air.

But that was noth­ing to com­pared to their days film­ing a Car­a­van Of Courage se­ries in 2010 for Chan­nel Ten.

‘‘We can turn it around re­ally quickly and I think we were send­ing them through about two days be­fore they went to air last year,’’ he says. ‘‘When we did Car­a­van of Courage: Great Bri­tain and Ire­land, the last seg­ment of the show was be­ing fed while the first part of the show was go­ing to air.’’

And good news for fans, Lee said there’s likely to be an­other Gap Year in 2014 be­cause ‘‘there are still plenty of places to ex­plore’’.

– DAR­REN CARTWRIGHT

Hamish and Andy’s Asian Gap Year: Mon­days from July 8, Nine, NBN.

Hamish Blake and Andy Lee

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