Since 2015 Travel Man has been delivering the definitive guide to making the most of 48 hours (and sometimes a little longer) in some of the most exciting destinations in the world. In the process it has become the most popular holiday show on UK television.
For the first 9 series the show was hosted by comedic polymath (Actor, Presenter Writer, Director) Richard Ayoade. Since 2020 the show’s host has been the comedic polymath (Comedian, Presenter, Writer, Director) Joe Lycett. Joining them on their travels have been some of the finest and most available comic talents from Britain and the US, among them Bill Bailey, Sarah Millican, Lena Dunham, Jon Hamm and Paul Rudd.
The show’s aim remains the same; a mini-break with the boring bits taken out. A guide that combines famous attractions, the quirky and the cultural, mixing the must-see and the offbeat, and making sure there is always lots to do, whether it’s a cookery class, an interactive tour, or even an art lesson.
Travel Man’s peak audience for an episode is 2.8 million and its YouTube channel attracts 2 million views a month. The show has been nominated for 2 BAFTA awards and won 5 Royal Television Society Awards, the most recent of these being a Best Presenter gong for Joe Lycett. Travel Man has been shown in 62 countries. It has received glowing reviews from as far afield as the New York Times and the Australian Guardian, and was described as ‘hilarious and surprisingly informative’ by The Times.
Joe’s second series is currently on air, with more mini-breaks scheduled in 2023.
The show is produced in Birmingham by North One Television.
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