Jack White­hall: Trav­els with My Fa­ther

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TRAVELOGUE Net­flix Jack White­hall and his fa­ther Michael em­bark on a road trip to­gether fol­low­ing the pop­u­lar gap year route through South East Asia.

THE LAST TIME Jack White­hall took a TV road trip, it was a fun-filled jaunt across the USA with his friends Jamie Red­knapp and Fred­die Flintoff from

A League Of Their Own.

But this week the 29-year-old comic em­barks on a very dif­fer­ent jour­ney when he vis­its Thai­land, Cam­bo­dia and Viet­nam in the com­pany of his can­tan­ker­ous 77-year-old fa­ther, Michael.

‘I didn’t re­ally have a tra­di­tional gap year as I was al­ready start­ing off in com­edy in my teens,’ ex­plains Jack. ‘Dad is not a keen trav­eller and he hates be­ing away from home, so I thought it would be funny to bring him along.’

The White­halls have teamed up be­fore for chat show Backchat, but five weeks in each other’s com­pany proved quite an or­deal. While en­thu­si­as­tic Jack em­braced the beach par­ties, mas­sages and beer, but­toned-up Michael, a re­tired theatri­cal agent, found him­self yearn­ing for lamb chops and a copy of

The Tele­graph.

‘We made quite an odd cou­ple,’ laughs Jack. ‘I’ll never for­get us sit­ting on the beach at Phuket. We looked like a su­gar daddy and his young bit of crum­pet.

‘He was very ner­vous about some things. When we ar­rived off the plane, he was aching and had a mas­sage. But he made me stay with him as he didn’t want any funny busi­ness.’

De­spite Michael’s strug­gles with the lo­cal food, cus­toms and stan­dards of hy­giene,

Jack reck­ons the trip was a re­sound­ing suc­cess.

‘He gen­uinely threw him­self into the ex­pe­ri­ence more than I thought he would,’ he says. ‘We were closer by the end of it. It was a real priv­i­lege.’


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