Hamish & Andy: Olympics finale
The boys deliver an Olympic-themed show with visits to Russia, the Czech Republic, Bosnia and Sweden from their London base.
The final episode of Hamish and Andy’s Euro Gap Year will see the boys deliver an Olympic-themed show with visits to Russia, the Czech Republic, Bosnia and Sweden from their London base.
“Other than Cathy Freeman, Shane Gould, Kieren Perkins, Ian Thorpe, Dawn Fraser and Herb Elliott, we can’t think of anyone better to inspire and rev up our Olympians than us,” said the boys.
Exploring a lesser-known sport, Hamish and Andy visit a unique group of middle-aged men in Prague, determined to have men’s synchronised swimming included as an Olympic sport. Fiercely dedicated, these men will do whatever it takes.
Russia provides a first for Hamish and Andy when they are invited to take part in a performance by a cat theatre, the only one of its kind in the world. Their Olympic-inspired show stars a whole cast of real cats led by Dimitri, until now its only human performer.
Twenty years after the war that turned Sarajevo in Bosnia into ruins, the boys visit a local sit-down volleyball team, which originated after the ceasefire and was founded by bombing and gunshot victims. Many of its players will represent Bosnia in this year’s Paralympics.
As unofficial Australian Olympic ambassadors, Hamish and Andy want to ensure that certain Aussie athletes are fully prepared to compete and bring home gold. The boys sit down with Sally Pearson, Michael Diamond and Jessicah Schipper to hold intense interrogations with the athletes. Plus, they travel to Sweden in an effort to help Australian equestrian competitor Lyndal Oatley with her Olympic preparations … that’s if you consider a two-man horse suit “help”.
Finally, as the traditional Olympic Torch forms a seminal part of the lead-up to the Opening Ceremony, Hamish and Andy have made a very special and uniquely Australian version of the torch: the Flamin’ Galah. This spectacle of rare beauty forms the central flame of their very own Pre-Opening Ceremony, to bring home the night and the series for their audience back in Oz.
8pm tonight on Nine.