Griff Rhys Jones: Where Was I?
Tuesday 30 Oct
Presented by: Live Nation
Outside of Not the Nine O’Clock News, Griff Rhys Jones worked alongside Rowan Atkinson, Pamela Stephenson and Mel Smith. The duo Alas Smith and Jones, with his now departed partner Mel Smith, were one of the seminal comedy acts of their time. Griff went on to established himself as a presenter in various television shows such as Three Men in a Boat, It’ll Be Alright on the Night, and Rivers with Griff Rhys Jones and founded the production company Talkback Productions, which produced comedy series including Da Ali G Show, I’m Alan Partridge and Smack the Pony.
Where Was I? uses Griff’s personal jaunts from the last fifteen years to explore universal themes like how to use the self-check in and why we need to get out while we still can. He has sailed a boat to St Petersburg and around the Med. He has travelled in Morocco, the Galapagos, India and Australia. But mostly he has ventured forth to work for TV, making Greatest Cities, A Slow Train to Africa, In Search of the Black Rhino, Burma and The Forgotten Army, several series of Three Men In A Boat and programmes on mountains, rivers, lost routes and tribal art.
He’ll dive in to those “making of” snippets for the real truth about TV travel. He has wandered from the Torres Strait Islands to Mali, from Moscow to Dar es Salaam, ridden “the train of death”, jumped from a burning boat in the Galapagos, sat with tribal elders and been ordered off their island. He has unwillingly climbed up mountains and abseiled down waterfalls, gone window cleaning on New York skyscrapers without a safety rope and clambered through Manchester’s most demanding sewers. He has a few words to say about Budget airlines too.
Where Was I? promises to be a riotous ride around the world. And all without the help of Bear Grylls.
★★★★ ‘great comedy’ - The Telegraph
‘jokes at his own expense come faster than the rapids on the River Tay’ - The Guardian