An­thony Bour­dain: The Lay­over

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Mon­day, 7.30pm, TLC You may know An­thony Bour­dain from his blokey cook­books (‘‘don’t be such a pussy — a lit­tle pink flesh in chicken won’t kill you’’), or from the food and travel pro­gram No Reser­va­tions, which ran for nine years. While the pro­duc­tion style of The Lay­over — a se­quel of sorts — is very sim­i­lar, the premise is en­tirely dif­fer­ent. Bour­dain is a fre­quent flyer. As all such crea­tures know, one is of­ten forced to en­dure lengthy lay­overs in stul­ti­fy­ing for­eign air­ports. (If ever I have to see LAX again it will be far too soon.) In this se­ries Bour­dain shows you how to whiz around a for­eign city dur­ing a 24 to 48-hour lay­over. This de­but episode is set in New York, but it’s a bit of a rook. How can you have an au­then­tic lay­over in a city you have called home — as Bour­dain has New York — for your whole life? That small quib­ble aside this is fast-paced, en­ter­tain­ing travel, food and ad­ven­ture TV that may teach you a thing or two about what to do next time you are stuck some­where with, ahem, no reser­va­tion. rev­e­la­tions bring him to gen­uine tears of sor­row. His great­est fear, he tells us at the out­set, is that his ex­tended fam­ily will be end­lessly dull, as he wor­ried he was him­self when a child. I won’t say whether his fears are con­firmed. I will says this is one of the best episodes of the show.

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