TV Review: Gap Year (Series 1, Episode 1)
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Gap years. They’re ever popular, and the art of taking time out to find oneself in a foreign climate has become some sort of a rite of passage now for the interesting, adventurous - or more often, affluent - young adult. It makes sense then, that E4 have chosen gap years as the topic for their latest comedy drama, which debuted tonight. Channel 4 have got a long history of choosing shows that strike a chord with their younger audience - Skins, Fresh Meat and The Inbetweeners were all massive hits for the channel and Gap Year looks like it’s about to join that list. Penned by the man behind Plebs and Fresh Meat, comedian and writer Tom Basden, the series is an eight-part exploration of South East Asia. Starting in China, the characters (and the cast and crew) move on to Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia. The programme centres around two best friends who decide to throw wind to the likes of Zante and Malia, and decide China is the best place for a lads holiday... sorry, gap year. Model-cum-actor Anders Hayward is great as the lovelorn and desperate (if not a tad pathetic) Dylan who drags his good friend Sean - played by BAFTA-nominated Ade Oyefeso - to the Far East.
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