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Micky Flanagan's Detour de France
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Series 1 - Episode 1
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Even those who can’t stand Londoner Micky Flanagan’s nasal voice may be surprised how sweet and engaging this is, as he and bricklayer mate Noel cycle around France on a “jolly up”. There’s little that’s original in the premise, but it works brilliantly because of the pair’s chemistry, teasing out some genuine comedy gold as well as unexpectedly profound observations on travel, life and identity.
I suspect they distilled a lot of footage, but it’s brimful of lovely moments, whether visiting a brewery or engaging in a strange French tradition of throwing a (toy) cat out of a cathedral window. Extremely winning.
The comedian hops across the Channel and jumps on a bicycle to sample the sights and sounds of France, joined by his best friend Noel Lynch, a brickie and cycling enthusiast. The pair start off in Calais with some essential pampering, fully aware that no cyclist worth his or her salt would hit the road without a facial or a leg wax. Then it's bon voyage as they tackle a small portion of the 150-mile race between Paris and Roubaix lovingly known as the Hell of the North. The cobbles may look pretty - but they aren't bike-friendly.
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