Comedian Joe Lycett replaces Richard Ayoade as host of Travel Man as the show returns with its new series in 2022.
Joe will pick up the passport baton following Richard’s final series in 2019, his ninth season overall.
Travel Man takes a sideways look at how visitors might spend 48 hours in some of the world’s most popular mini-break destinations – and for each trip the Travel Man is joined by a well-known travel companion.
Travel Man new series start date confirmed!
Following a one-off Christmas special last December, the new series of Travel Man now has a confirmed air date.
Joe Lycett will front new episodes beginning on Monday, 4 April at 8:30PM.
Joe Lycett said: “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.”
Joe was originally meant to takeover the role in 2020 – but then the pandemic happened.
After an enforced minibreak of its own, Travel Man will kick off its new series with Joe joined by fellow comedian James Acaster for a long weekend in the Spanish part of the Basque Country.
A teaser shares: “They start in Bilbao, home to the city’s most iconic building – The Guggenheim – where Joe and James soak up the art, including an installation that shrouds them in fog.
“They explore high-rise engineering and a vertigo-inducing walk across the world’s first transporter bridge, before calming their nerves with a trip to Bilbao’s atmospheric old town to sample the local favourite, kalimotxo – a combination of red wine and cola.
“Joe and James bid adios to Bilbao and head to the region’s foodie capital of San Sebastián, where they delight in samples of pintxos before learning to make their own.
“Paying homage to Basque artist Eduardo Chillida at his seaside sculpture, they toast their trip on Mount Igueldo with a glass of local fizz overlooking the stunning vista.”
You can watch episodes of Travel Man online now via the All 4 Player.
The Christmas special saw Joe visit Iceland with Bill Bailey.
Meanwhile, since 2015, the first nine series saw Richard explore over 40 cities including Copenhagen with Noel Fielding; Hong Kong with Mad Men actor Jon Hamm; Athens with Dawn French; Brussels with Lee Mack; Venice with Jo Brand; St Petersburg with Rob Beckett; and Florence with Hollywood actor Rebel Wilson. Joe himself has even accompanied Richard on a weekend mini-break to Amsterdam.