Rob Delaney is in the gorgeous mountains of Snowdonia. He has misplaced the straw for his mango juice. He’s struggling to tug a suitcase throughout a rocky terrain. He’s making an attempt to squish his Tupperware into his bag. All of this makes him upset. None of this leads us to imagine he’s the form of one who’s about to willingly soar into “the quarry of death”, deal with a excessive wire with a 300ft drop or leap backwards off a 150ft viaduct. And but, right here he’s. The first of a string of movie star company on a new daredevil problem collection, Foxy’s Fearless 48 Hours. People are endlessly stunning.
Luckily, he’s acquired the assist of Jason “Foxy” Fox, the previous particular forces soldier and star of SAS: Who Dares Wins, who provides useful asides to digicam, equivalent to: “If he f***s around, he’s f***ed.” To Delaney’s face, although, he’s very encouraging.
For the primary half of the episode, the pair have completely no chemistry. Delaney, normally so ebullient in Catastrophe, is quiet (it should be the nerves) and Foxy is obscure and humourless. But as quickly as they begin throwing themselves into quarries and off viaducts, they loosen up. By the top of the show, they’re virtually as intimate as Bear Grylls and Zac Efron have been throughout their journey to the Catskill Mountains (albeit with much less hand-holding).
I think about Delaney is a pretty particular person to spend 48 hours with. He is beneficiant along with his laughter, completely self-deprecating, and has a unusual and pleasing growl that he lets out when exerting effort. Foxy is sort of taken with him. “That man’s got some f***ing resilience,” he says, after Delaney tells him about his previous struggles with alcoholism and melancholy, and the dying of his two-year-old son (*48*), who died of a mind tumour in 2018. “If you ask a person, ‘What’s the worst thing could happen?’ and they have kids, they would say their kids dying, and that’s what happened, so that makes a lot of other stuff seem a lot less difficult,” Delaney says, theorising on his potential to do the challenges. “I remember when I recorded a stand-up special a year and a half after Henry died, I was on stage thinking, ‘I would f***ing tear all this down if Henry would come back.’”
Back on floor stage after the viaduct soar, Delaney says the expertise of leaping off feels “kind of magical or, like, I don’t know, spiritual or sacred or something… our bodies flooded themselves with these crazy chemicals that feel amazing”.
With its stunning profundity and outdoorsy theme, this idea has the potential to be as fashionable as kings of the style equivalent to Bear Grylls’s Running Wild or Celebrity Island. Unfortunately, it’s form of ruined by being a large advert for a model of off-road succesful vehicles, with groan-worthy photographs of 4x4s clumsily spliced in at each alternative. As Delaney says many occasions in the programme, “it just feels wrong”.