The first pictures have been released from E4’s globe-trotting comedy drama Gap Year
From actor/writer Tom Blasden (Plebs, Fresh Meat), Gap Year tells the story of Sean (Ade Oyefeso) who passes up a sure-fire ‘lads holiday’ to head to smoggy Beijing with his friend Dylan. However Dylan, a hopeless romantic and precocious philosophy student, is secretly scheming, and the Sean find himself travelling the entire continent with his friend.
On the road, the pair meet a number of other travellers. Greg (Tim Key) is a relentlessly upbeat Brit desperately trying to relive the highs of his gap year in the nineties – but who refuses to deal with his crumbling marriage and failing professional life.
He has attached himself to two American students: May (Alice Lee), a Chinese-American who’s in Beijing to reconnect with her long-lost family, and part animal Ashley (Brittney Wilson) who’s been enlisted as May’s travelling companion – on May's mother's dime.
Can May and Ashley, who have vastly different expectations for their trip, have each other’s back no matter how far their travels veer off course?
What starts out as the journey of a lifetime rapidly turns into an unforgettable voyage of self-discovery, of sun, sea, sex and sand, and of constant surprises.
The eight-part comedy drama sees the group trek across China, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Nepal, while they learn that, no matter how far you travel, you can never get away from yourself.
As they travel across Asia, the gang encounter a range of weird and wonderful people. American comedian and actor Janeane Garofolo (The Truth About Cats and Dogs) appears as Sam Bevan, an acerbic, jaded American travel writer who susses Dylan and Sean out in seconds.
Comedian and actor Aisling Bea (The Fall) and Trystan Gravelle (National Treasure) play Kendra and Eugene, ever-bickering honeymooners that the travellers meet on the Great Wall of China, while Scott Adsit (Veep) plays Todd, the short-tempered American manager of a Vietnamese orphanage where the group find themselves volunteering.
BAFTA-winning Daniel Rigby (Flowers) plays Greg’s old school friend Jotty, a super-rich ex-pat who lives off champagne in Kuala Lumpar, and who with Bertie, (Robert Bathurst, Cold Feet), Jotty’s debauched chum, take the motley crew out on the tiles for a particularly memorable night.
Rounding out the cast as Lauren, Dylan’s high-achieving ex-girlfriend, is Rachel Redford (The Riot Club) and her on-again-off-again American boyfriend ‘Social’ Norm (Jamie Demetriou, Fleabag).