Richard Ayoade quitting Travel Man

Upcoming ninth series will be the last for UK comedian, but the show will live on.

UK comedian Richard Ayoade is quitting his Travel Man series after the upcoming ninth season.

But the series will continue with comedian Joe Lycett (The Great British Sewing Bee, 8 Out of 10 Cats, QI) from 2020.

The IT Crowd and Crystal Maze star will present his final, ninth, series later this year.

Ayoade has explored more than 40 cities with 48 hour mini-breaks including Copenhagen with Noel Fielding, Athens with Dawn French, Brussels with Lee Mack, Venice with Jo Brand, St Petersburg with Rob Beckett, and Lycett in Amsterdam.

Ian Dunkley, Channel 4’s commissioning editor for factual entertainment said: “We’re delighted to welcome Joe on board and to let him offer his own unique take on every whistle-stop, 48-hour mini-break we send him on.”

Lycett added: “I’m beyond excited to take over the brilliant, charming show that Richard has nurtured. I’m less excited about the number of times I’m going to have to take off my shoes at Birmingham Airport.”

Travel Man airs in Australia on SBS VICELAND.

Source: Chortle

3 Responses

  1. As Mac said, They’re both very funny comics from very different schools, (Our senses of humour must be similarly developed!) but I can’t think of anyone better off hand to succeed Richard. As long as it doesn’t lose that breakneck pace – which seems to suit the more … hyperactive elements of Joe’s style I will definitely be watching. Count me in as looking forward to the change-over.

    Sidebar: Getaway is still on?? News to me.

  2. Love this show. Richard Ayoade is a non-stop barrel of sardonic laughs. Joe Lycett also has me in stitches with a totally different style so I’m kinda glad they’re not trying to ‘replace’ Richard. It will be a totally new feel so can’t wait to see what he does with it.

  3. I very much enjoyed Travel Man. I liked the concept of having a comedian and his guests as travel show presenters. The charisma and humour of Richard Ayoade and guests added another dimension to the travels. It’s something you don’t get in travel shows like Getaway where the presenters are more earnest. Though I still like Getaway too. The charisma of the presenters was one of the things that made travel shows like No Reservations and Pilot Guides/Lonely Planet enjoyable too.

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