Travel Man: 48 Hours in Dubrovnik

Travel Man: 48 Hours in Dubrovnik

Series 9

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Review

This is Richard Ayoade’s ninth – and, we’re told, final – series of brisk comic travelogues. Joe Lycett will give the mini-break show a very different spin when he takes over next year, but for now we can revel in Ayoade’s wilfully weird turn of phrase as he and Stephen Merchant try “a double-day detainment in Dubrovnik” and wonder aloud to camera, “We’re here – but should we have come?”

Merchant – the sometime Ricky Gervais collaborator who writes, directs and stars in movies – is exactly the kind of flippant foil the format needs. The pair of them try buying cravats, go on a buggy safari (“I feel like I’ve been kidnapped,” groans Ayoade) and bicker brilliantly over a stray reference to Judith Chalmers. Best of all, the various Game of Thrones locations they take in are entirely wasted: neither of them are fans.

Summary

New series. Richard Ayoade returns with the offbeat tourism show. In the first edition, he is joined by Stephen Merchant to enjoy a weekend break in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik. Having checked in to their fancy rooms at a 16th-century townhouse, they head off round one of the world's best-preserved medieval cities. A Game of Thrones tour features some of the show's most celebrated locations, while Richard and Stephen also visit a hilltop fort still littered with landmines dating from the war of the 1990s.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Richard Ayoade
Director Nicola Silk
Producer Nicola Silk
Series Producer Chris Richards
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