Hamish & Andy's Euro Gap Year
Back in 2011, Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year based
in the United States was one of the worst shows on Australian
television. Pointless celebrity interviews and heavily scripted, it was
a bad sign for Hamish and Andy’s future television career. This year,
Hamish & Andy’s Euro Gap Year is an attempt to return to the comedy
duo’s winning formula, and to their huge fan base it’s a huge relief.
Gone are the interviews and awkward segments; what fans are given is
pure Hamish & Andy, and for the most part, it’s hugely entertaining.
As the title suggests, we find “Ham n’ And” in
Europe, travelling across the continent and engaging in some of the most
bizarre cultural experiences on the planet. From men’s synchronised
swimming in the Czech Republic to rabbit jumping in Sweden, the
situations the duo find themselves in are hilarious just on their own.
The great chemistry between Hamish & Andy that has made them so popular
with viewers is on display, adding further humour and an immense level
of charm to the series.
Euro Gap Year is
presented from Lord Stanley in East London, where Hamish & Andy
introduce each segment in front of a live audience. This is where the
show falters slightly, with most of the humour leading up to a segment
being hit and miss throughout the series. The frequent use of canned
laughter from the audience doesn’t help the situation either. The final
episode of the season, in which the audience is replaced with Australian
Olympic athletes as a promotion for the upcoming Olympics in London, is
the weakest episode over the seven week run. The blatant marketing used
by Channel 9 to advertise their forthcoming coverage of the Olympics
brings along with it horrible memories of Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year
in the US, where the duo’s comedy took a back seat for heavily scripted
segments. Gladly, it has been toned down since then; these segments
aren’t horrible, but they are forgettable when compared to the rest of
The DVD release of Hamish & Andy’s Euro Gap Year
comes with a truckload of special features, which is sure to delight
fans of the series. With unaired scenes, bloopers, behind the scenes
features and more, the variety in content is fantastic and the quality
between the main feature and extras doesn’t dwindle. Some of the best
value you can find in a DVD release this month.
While only having a short run, Hamish & Andy’s
Euro Gap Year was incredibly satisfying, and welcome return to form
for the duo, equaling the quality of content seen in their Caravan of
Courage specials from recent years. Although not perfect, this show
proves that Hamish & Andy are still some of the greatest entertainers in
Australia, and that their switch from radio to television has paid off.