We all knew it was coming. We all knew it was gonna be in the UK and likely into Europe. What we all didn’t know was that it “consistently won it’s timelsot” – and for 9 of the 10 weeks it aired in 2011, it did. It will indeed be interesting to see what shenanigans the boys get up to, especially in light of Hamish’s Gold Logie nomination. Those deep pockets at Channel 9 will certainly provide lots of opportunity… From the press release:

After immersing themselves in American culture last year, Hamish and Andy have decided you can never stop learning and it would therefore be irresponsible not to take another gap year in 2012.

The Nine Network’s new series, Hamish and Andy’s Euro Gap Year, will feature the boys’ travels and adventures throughout Europe and be broadcast weekly from a disused pub in London.

“There’s so much to see and do in Europe, which will no doubt make us thirsty, so returning to the pub each week to air the show just makes sense”, said Hamish.

Whether it’s bus pulling, ice swimming or dropping in to a festival of snails, Hamish and Andy will be there to revel in Europe’s weird and wonderful pastimes.

While the boys will be in London in the lead-up to the Olympic Games, contrary to reports they will not be part of Channel Nine’s Olympic broadcast.

“We’ll finish just as the actual professionals get to town,” Andy explained, “which is a huge oversight by Nine. I’m sure any day now they’ll ask us to stay on to at least commentate on the doubles badminton.”

At time of printing no such request had been made.

Hamish and Andy’s Euro Gap Year follows the success of 2011’s Hamish and Andy’s Gap Year, which averaged 1,045,000 viewers nationally and consistently won its timeslot

“Last year’s show was a massive success for us,” Michael Healy, Nine Network Director of Television, said. “We can’t wait to see what happens when Hamish and Andy are unleashed on Europe.”

People will be able to raise their bier steins for the series premiere soon.