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Our Guy in India

Channel 4 - 9pm

Who's in it?

Is it our imagination or is speedster Guy Martin in every other Channel 4 show these days? Never mind, he makes great viewing, and in this show he’ll be trekking 1,000 miles across India.

In a nutshell

Professional athletes may be as close to superhuman as you can get without being bitten by something radioactive, but they don't tend to ooze charisma. They're too busy being physically perfect, and drawing grim satisfaction from their own inner furnace of pain and power, to say funny things on camera for us sofa-based mortals. So Guy Martin is quite a refreshing change from the norm, it has to be said.

With his resplendent side burns and affable smile, he's basically Wolverine crossed with 80s-era Marti Pellow. And the motorbike racer also manages to be a proper petrolhead without being a Clarkson-like oaf about it. This documentary sees him competing in India’s Rider Mania race, which sounds awesome. It’s got the word “mania” in its name, for one thing, and it also features the world’s biggest gathering of Royal Enfield motorbikes. Along the way, Guy will be visiting Asia’s largest truck yard and also enduring lashing monsoons and marauding rats. Nice.

What's the verdict?

A travelogue filled with thrills and spills (and lots of rats), this should be more evidence that Guy certainly deserves to keep on popping up on Channel 4’s listings.

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07-07-2011