Entertainment

Hamish and Andy's romp in Europe

Hamish Blake, left, and Andy Lee star in the new TV series Hamish and Andy's Euro Gap Year.
Hamish Blake, left, and Andy Lee star in the new TV series Hamish and Andy's Euro Gap Year. Effi Cohen, Channel 9

IT'S easy to see how winning a Logie for your new show could go to your head.

But don't expect to see Hamish Blake swanning around Europe with this gold statuette when Hamish and Andy's Euro Gap Year premieres on Thursday.

"Hamish insisted he should wear it as a big brooch and told me that means he's allowed to fly the plane and skip customs when he arrived in England," said co-host Andy Lee.

"As I did some research I found out none of those things are true.

"It's actually safe at Kerry Blake's (Hamish's mum's) house."

The new series will be broadcast weekly from The Lord Stanley, a disused pub in East London, and feature the boys' travels and adventures.

Leave it to the radio funnymen to find the most bizarre places and events in Europe, like the German festival celebrating "Fingerhakeln" or "finger wrestling".

"They link this small leather circle between two little fingers and yank it across the desk," Lee said.

"About 80 per cent lost skin on their fingers and they were all bleeding.

"They'd go to this area that looked like a civil war hospital and they got the excess skin cut off and bandaged and then they'd have a go again."

Lee didn't return to London with any medals, but at least he kept all of his skin.

"We weren't strong enough to actually be able to hold on to rip our fingers," he said.

"They were so strong. They did chin-ups just with their middle fingers.

"Their middle finger was twice as big as the size of my thumb.

"Basically, as soon as they started pulling my finger would immediately retreat or give way.

"So there was no serious injury, but a significant loss from our side."

Blake and Lee didn't shy away from the more remote reaches of the continent, travelling to Finnish Lapland above the Arctic Circle to meet the indigenous Sami people.

"It's so remote that the main profession is reindeer herding," he said.

"We went up there to meet a fella named Ari who was a reindeer racing champion.

"They strap themselves on skis on the back of wild reindeer and they get up to 60kmh when they race them.

"Hamish and I took each other on. We thought because it was so cold we'd go to nearest lake, use a chainsaw to cut a hole in the ice and the loser had to go in.

"Let's just say it's very invigorating. If you're in there for more than three minutes then you die."

One of Lee's favourite destinations was Bosnia, where he and Blake had to prove their manhood.

"Bosnia is a place people should add to their wish lists. It was extraordinarily beautiful," he said.

"We went to a place called Mostar, which comes from a word which means bridge keepers, and they have this bridge built in 16th century.

"The locals jump off it as a sign of coming of age.

"Hamish and I were up there looking off this 25m-high bridge going 'should we be doing this'. I can safely say my bottom is still sore."

After annoying Lee to the brink of insanity with an Irish tin flute during the pair's UK road trip, does Blake have a new instrument of torture for their European travels?

"I think he's eyeing off a Viking horn in Sweden," Lee said.

"No doubt I'll delight in somehow throwing it away."

The series will finish with an Olympic Games-themed episode, although the boys are calling it "an athletics and sporting extravaganza based in London" since they can't use the word Olympics.

If they have a go at any Olympic sports, then Lee reckons he and Blake would do best in team sports.

"Maybe hockey where hopefully we can just play in a position where we're not actually needed."

 

Hamish & Andy's Euro Gap Year - Nine - Thursday 8.30pm (8pm Bris)

Topics:  gap year hamish and andy hamish blake tv show


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Labels highlighting Aussie produce tested on Northern Rivers

Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker with staff at Woolies in Byrn Bay.

Shoppers: Look for a kangaroo in a triangle

Refugee 'unfairly' sacked from Byron Bay Superfoods

Company labelled "vindictive" after civil war victim bullied

Local Partners

Karl Stefanovic's rant about Schapelle Corby 'a bit rich'

The fact is Stefanovic is paid extremely well by a television network that lives and dies by ratings.

Could Schapelle be heading for Gladstone?

Australian Schapelle Corby is escorted by Bali Police at the parole office in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, 27 May 2017.

Schapelle's mother teases her free daughter could be Gladstone bound

Six things you never knew about Men in Black

Mushu the pug

It's been 20 years since Men in Black first hit cinemas

10 strange stories behind famous sex scenes

Khaleesi and Khal Drogo in a steamy moment.

Every set has their own way of filming sex scenes

HBO spills new details on Game of Thrones’ final season

Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season will only have six episodes.

New details about what to expect from the eighth, final instalment.

Karl’s rant on Corby: ‘Made to look like idiots’

Karl Stefanovic is sick of hearing about Schapelle Corby.

Today co-host launched a tirade against Schapelle Corby media circus

Shot at the live shows slips through Sally's fingers

Sally Skelton and Bojesse Pigram pictured after their battle performance on The Voice.

Sunshine Coast singer's dramatic elimination from The Voice

This is real estate's billion-dollar man

Bob Wolff at AREC with John McGrath of McGrath Real Estate.

They don’t call him the “Billion dollar man” for nothing

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Here's your chance to carp about feral pests

Carp might by great fun to catch but they're destroying Australia's watercourses.

Science in the Pub looks at carp and coral trees

SNEAK PEEK: What new shopping centre is going to look like

Artist impression of the proposed redevelopment of the cinema and shopping complex on Jonson St, Byron Bay.

Mercato billed as regional NSW's most sustainable shopping complex

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!