Travel Man: 96 Hours In Iceland




Scots know 421 words about snow. Old dictionaries list flindrikin, which is a slight shower of light flakes, and feefle, which is to swirl, and flukra (fat flakes) and frog (the first smattering) — and that’s just the Fs.

The Icelanders may have between 30 to 100 words for wind according to Joe Lycett’s first trip as Travel Man. But they aren’t really trying hard enough.

Joe had difficulty with his pronunciation as he attempted to explain phrases used 1,000 years ago by Viking settlers to describe gales, storms, and squalls.

This was because Bill Bailey, Bailey’s guest, didn’t listen. The gusts made it impossible for them to hear one another. They tried boiling eggs in hot springs and then ate the egg-cooked black bread with hot soil. Bill succeeded at least. Joe lost his breakfast to the winds.

Instead of confining their stay to the capital, Reykjavik, Joe and Bill forayed all over the country, even flying to the far north to step inside the Arctic Circle

Reykjavik was not content to stay in London. Joe and Bill toured the country.

Bill performed better over the four days Travel Man: 96 hours in Iceland (C4). Because he was simply following along, it was an easier task for him.

Joe has taken over Richard Ayoade’s show. The format was launched in 2015 by Richard Ayoade and produced 40 episodes. Joe visited everywhere, from Marrakesh through St Petersburg. 

Richard was unable to make it through 48 hours of visits, and he considered this 47 hours and 30 seconds too long.

Even though the joke was thin it still stood: he hated going to any place.

It is possible to revive the series by increasing the duration of mini-breaks while allowing the hosts to roam further. Reykjavik and Bill did not limit their visit to the capital. They traveled all across the country to see the Arctic Circle.

Joe isn’t sure what tone he wants. Is he a replica of the Ayoade-ennui? Do you see him rushing around in hyperactive excitement like on The Great British Sewing Bee.

Producers did not offer any assistance. The activities were both great and pathetic. Bill summed up the underwhelming earthquake simulator at a shopping centre: ‘Well, that was £1.69 worth of entertainment.’

Joe can be his most funny when he’s just plain happy. As Travel Man, Joe’s best strategy is to choose experiences and excursions that he enjoys. He doesn’t want to be wailing and complaining. Richard Ayoade accomplished that feat so well than any other person.

Joe may consider taking Bill along with him wherever he goes. The former Strictly winner is charming and self-deprecating. He’s full of songs, reparteee, and charm. His entertainment is infectious.

The mere mention ‘Bill” brings FBI Special Agent Starling into a frenzy, in Clarice(Alibi), which is a spin-off of The Silence Of The Lambs.

Bill was a serial killer that designed clothes from the skins his victims. This is not a challenge for fancy dresses on The Sewing Bee. Rebecca Breeds, our heroine is on the hunt for serial killers across America.

Clarice says Clarice: “You’re a woman who has a reputation for hunting monsters. Clarice is the attorney general.” Clarice’s daughter almost ended up in Bill’s shoes.

The corpses with their festering wounds are presented in obscene detail — always female, always naked, of course.

It is also revolting. Clarice says, “Let’s free her,” as Clarice and her partner search for yet another corpse, one that is stuck in a grating. You won’t ever want to eat dinner with this old friend.

Originality and the best: Some say the new West Side Story is the demise of Hollywood remakes. You can enjoy Natalie Wood and Stephen Sondheim’s film in 1961 on BBC2 instead.