Taking in ancient rainforests, full moon beach-parties, futuristic Asian mega-cities and remote monasteries in the foothills of the Himalayas, Gap Year is a new, eight-part comedy drama. It’s the story of British lads Dylan (Anders Hayward, Sistema) and Sean (BAFTA-nominated Ade Oyefeso, E4’s Youngers), childhood friends who have drifted apart, who initially set out to backpack through China but end up taking on the whole continent.
On the road the pair quickly form a motley crew with the first fellow travellers they meet. Relentlessly upbeat Brit Greg (Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Tim Key, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, I Give It A Year) is trying to relive the highs of the Gap Year he nailed in the late 90s, refusing to deal with his crumbling marriage, business and life in general. He has latched himself onto two American students, conscientious Chinese-American May (Alice Lee, Switched At Birth) who’s in Beijing to re-connect with her long-lost family, and headstrong party-animal Ashley (Brittney Wilson, Rogue) who, at the insistence of May’s protective Mum, has been enlisted as May’s travelling companion – on May’s family’s dime.
But little does Sean know that his best mate, Dylan, a hopeless romantic and precocious philosophy student, has planned the trip with ulterior motives... Can Sean, who’s forgone a sure-fire ‘lads holiday’ to join Dylan in smoggy Beijing, accept the real reason for their long-haul getaway? And can May and Ashley, who have wildly different plans for their trip, have each other’s back no matter how far their vacation veers off course?
What begins as a disorientating, eventful and potentially disastrous holiday for all of them soon morphs into an unforgettable and joyous voyage of self-discovery, packed full of sun, sex and constant surprises over eight must-watch episodes. As our gang trek across China, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Nepal they soon learn that, no matter how far you go, you can never take a holiday from yourself.
Disclaimer: These notes are intended as a guide and as such some programmes may be altered or removed and some audience projections adjusted before transmission
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