- Comedy Drama
- 8 (1 series)
- Tom Basden
- Anders Hayward, Tim Key, Alice Lee, Ade Oyefeso, Brittney Wilson and Rachel Redford
- Tom Basden, James Wood, Tony Roche, Charlie Covell, Tim Key and Jonny Sweet
- Jonathan van Tulleken
- Tim Whitby, Jamie Campbell, Joel Wilson and Tom Basden
Gap Year (titled Foreign Bodies during its production) is the story of a motley gang of travellers embarking on a three month trip around Asia. It takes in ancient rainforests, full moon beach-parties, futuristic Asian mega-cities and remote monasteries in the foothills of the Himalayas.
It's the story of British lads Dylan and Sean, 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 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 who's in Beijing to re-connect with her long-lost family, and headstrong party-animal Ashley 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. 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.
Across Asia, the gang cross paths with a range of weird and wonderful people. Iconic American comedian and actor Janeane Garofolo appears as Sam Bevan, an acerbic, jaded American travel writer who susses Dylan and Sean out in seconds. Comedian and actor Aisling Bea and Trystan Gravelle play Kendra and Eugene, ever-bickering honeymooners that the gang meet on the Great Wall of China. Scott Adsit plays Todd, the short-tempered American manager of a Vietnamese orphanage where the gang find themselves volunteering. Daniel Rigby plays Greg's old school friend Jotty, a mega rich ex-pat who lives off champagne in Kuala Lumpar, and who with Bertie (Robert Bathurst), Jotty's debauched chum, take the motley crew out on the tiles for a memorable night in KL. Rounding out the cast as Lauren, Dylan's high-achieving ex-girlfriend, is Rachel Redford and her on-again-off-again American boyfriend 'Social' Norm (Jamie Demetriou).