Travel Man: 48 Hours in… Series 4
Richard Ayoade takes a ruthless approach to getting the maximum from a city break
Part 1: New York
Comedian Katherine Ryan joins host Richard Ayoade on a 48-hour ram raid of the Big Apple. The duo’s packed-to-overflow schedule sees them scale tall buildings, grab some culture in museums large and small and even attempt to rollerblade. Experiences include trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Rockefeller Centre, queuing at the hottest patisserie in Manhattan for a cronut, and enjoying a free ferry ride to the Statue of Liberty. There’s even time for Richard to reach the point of meltdown.
Part 2: Helsinki
Time-conscious traveller Richard Ayoade is joined by actor Paul Rudd for a brisk romp round the Finnish capital. To get their bearings the pair head straight to the ladies toilet in the Torni hotel, which offers the best view of the city? They then go kayaking and snack on some reindeer jerky at the city’s Hakaniemi market. Richard and Paul also visit not one, but two saunas – one of which can be found in a well-known burger chain. The duo also visits the wilderness island of Seurasaari, go foraging, and finish up in a sweet shop.
Part 3: Lisbon
Writer, actor, comedian and podcaster Adam Buxton accompanies Richard Ayoade on a voyage of discovery in Lisbon, the Portuguese capital city known for its decorative tiling and maritime history. Adam and Richard tackle it at break-neck speed in an electric rickshaw, visit a tinned-fish emporium, take the celebrated iron lift – the Elevador de Santa Justa – and listen to some fado, Lisbon’s version of the blues. There’s potent cherry liqueur for breakfast, a tram ride up a steep hillside and a trip to a doll hospital. The duo also pay a visit to Belem, home to Lisbon’s famed custard tarts.
Part 4: Naples
Richard Ayoade and comedy actor Jack Dee embark on a clock-conscious exploration of the Italian city, enjoying two days rich in humour, history, culture and pizza. The pair start with a guided tour on vintage Vespas amid the city’s chaotic traffic, attend a pizza-making class and then head to the volcanic ruins of Herculaneum. Day two sees them visit the Isle of Capri and play the lottery using la smorfia, a local guide to the meaning of dreams.