Joe Lycett to take over from Richard Ayoade as Travel Man

Friday 5th July 2019, 11:45am

  • After nine series, Richard Ayoade is stepping down as the presenter of Channel 4's Travel Man show
  • Joe Lycett will take over the presenter role, with his first set of episodes due to be broadcast in 2020
  • Lycett says: "I'm beyond excited to take over the brilliant, charming show that Richard has nurtured"
Travel Man. Image shows from L to R: Richard Ayoade, Joe Lycett.

Joe Lycett is to take over from Richard Ayoade as the presenter of Channel 4's Travel Man format.

The IT Crowd star Ayoade has now filmed nine series of the travel show, with his last set of episodes due to be broadcast on television later this year.

Lycett will then take over as host, with his debut series due to air in 2020.

Talking about the format Channel 4 explains: "Each episode 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. Richard has previously explored 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."

Lycett has previously appeared as a guest on the programme, accompanying Ayoade on a mini-break to Amsterdam (pictured).
The stand-up comedian has been building up experience as a TV presenter, with his CV including BBC One comic gameshow The Time It Takes and BBC Two's The Great British Sewing Bee. His latest show was 'consumer justice' series Joe Lycett's Got Your Back, for Channel 4.

Lycett continues to present Radio 4 panel show Joe Lycett's Obsessions, which is recording a second series soon. Meanwhile Richard Ayoade retains his role as the presenter of The Crystal Maze, also for Channel 4.

Talking about his new job, Joe Lycett says: "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."

Channel 4 commissioner Ian Dunkley says: "We're delighted to welcome Joe onboard and to let him offer his own unique take on every whistle-stop, 48-hour mini-break we send him on."

Here's a clip from the 2017 episode in which Lycett appeared alongside Ayoade:

Previous episodes can be watched on All4


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