Gap Year. Image shows from L to R: Ashley (Brittney Wilson), Sean (Ade Oyefeso), Greg (Tim Key), Dylan (Anders Hayward), May (Alice Lee). Copyright: Eleven Film
Gap Year

Gap Year

  • TV comedy drama
  • E4
  • 2017
  • 8 episodes (1 series)

Comedy drama series about a motley gang of travellers embarking on a three month trip around Asia. Stars Anders Hayward, Tim Key, Alice Lee, Ade Oyefeso, Brittney Wilson and Rachel Redford

Episode menu

Series 1, Episode 1 - China: The Wall

Sean is horrified to discover that his best mate Dylan has a secret plan that threatens to derail their 'lads holiday' to China. Things start looking up with they meet two American girls.

Preview clips

Further details

Sean is horrified to discover that his best mate Dylan has a secret plan that threatens to derail their 'lads holiday' to China. Things start looking up with they meet two American girls, Ashley and May, and middle-aged hanger-on Greg. But, when old tensions re-surface and create carnage at a music festival on the Great Wall, Sean suddenly finds himself way out of his depth.

Broadcast details

Thursday 23rd February 2017
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 24th February 2017 2:10am E4
Sunday 26th February 2017 2:20am E4

Cast & crew

Anders Hayward Dylan
Tim Key Greg
Alice Lee May
Ade Oyefeso Sean
Brittney Wilson Ashley
Rachel Redford Lauren
Guest cast
Aisling Bea Kendra
Janeane Garofalo Sam
Trystan Gravelle Eugene
Jamie Demetriou Norm
Yang Si Min Ticket Seller
Elvis Chin Lao Li
Stephen Chua Er
Cecilia Yen Lin Ai
Writing team
Tom Basden Writer
Jenny Pick Assistant Script Editor
Production team
Jonathan van Tulleken Director
Tim Whitby Producer
Jamie Campbell Executive Producer
Joel Wilson Executive Producer
Tom Basden Executive Producer
Matthew Tabern Editor
Julian Nagel Production Designer
Michael Hothorn Casting Director
Jerrica Lai Casting Director
Julie Harkin Casting Director
Molly Rowe Costume Designer
Simon Bell Director of Photography
Sophie Slotover Make-up Designer
Oli Julian Composer
Jon Jennings 1st Assistant Director


Same Old Tourist Traps

It might be a bit too late to get refunds for the plane tickets now...

Featuring: Anders Hayward (Dylan), Ade Oyefeso (Sean) & Janeane Garofalo (Sam).

Clingy Travel Buddy

May and Ashley need to find a way to get rid of their clingy travel pal, Greg.

Featuring: Anders Hayward (Dylan), Ade Oyefeso (Sean), Brittney Wilson (Ashley) & Alice Lee (May).

Starting A Fight

The travellers accidentally start a fight at a Chinese rave party, and Sean needs to get out of there as soon as he can!

Featuring: Anders Hayward (Dylan), Tim Key (Greg), Alice Lee (May), Ade Oyefeso (Sean), Brittney Wilson (Ashley), Elvis Chin (Lao Li) & Stephen Chua (Er).


Review: E4's Gap Year gets one star

There are two legitimately funny moments in E4's latest attempt at capturing the hearts of a teenage/young-adult demographic, Gap Year. There were two. There were two total in a 40-minute show.

Charles Nurick, The Student Newspaper, 15th March 2017

Gap Year review

Like its characters, Gap Year is a little wandering and aimless. While the first episode is a little ropey, it does show promise. At the very least, it looks set to offer a comical travelogue for anyone contemplating their own life-changing Asian adventure.

Steven Broadbent, Telly Binge, 28th February 2017

Gap Year review - silly and puerile, but in a good way

This new comedy perfectly captures the backpacker obsession with bowel movements and the search for 'authenticity'.

Sam Wollaston, The Guardian, 24th February 2017

It's not clear why this comedy drama by Tom Basden - creator of Plebs, writer of Fresh Meat and one quarter of 00s sketch group Cowards - is called Gap Year, seeing as nobody involved is on one. Instead, it follows two mates travelling around China over the summer and the people they meet there. Compared with Basden's previous work, this opener feels disappointingly pedestrian - barring every word uttered by annoying Brit Greg (the inimitable Tim Key), that is.

Rachel Aroesti, The Guardian, 23rd February 2017

Preview - Gap Year

Written by among other people the team behind ITV2 Roman sitcom Plebs, E4's latest comedy drama goes even further afield, although it brings it back to the present day.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 23rd February 2017

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