Bill Bailey

Date Published: 30/11/2021
Duration: 57:36
Season: 6

Today I’m joined by the much loved comedian, musician and actor, Bill Bailey. Known for his hugely inventive stand up, he’s of course such a familiar face on our TV screens, spending several years as team captain on the long running music and comedy BBC panel show, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, making regular appearances on QI and Have I Got News For You, and most recently being crowned the champion of Strictly Come Dancing with partner Oti Mabuse, last year.


Bill kicks off his travel diaries having just returned from an incredible trip to Iceland, so he tells us all about; he shares his love of Indonesia where he spontaneously eloped with his wife, and travels back to each year; as a gigging comedian he has discovered every corner of the UK, so he reveals some British hidden gems that could be on your doorstep, and he shares his tips for Strictly this year.


He joins me from his West London family home, which he shares with a menagerie of pets, including five rescue dogs, a cat, a parrot, a snake, ducks and hens, which you will occasionally hear laying an egg in the background. This is a really fun one!


Destination Recap:


  • Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Akureyi, Iceland
  • Bubble Hotel, Iceland
  • Weston-super-mare, England
  • Bath, England
  • Saunder’s Foot, South Wales
  • Marseilles, France
  • Argentina
  • Indonesia
  • Sumatra, Indonesia
  • West Papua, Indonesia
  • The Ridgeway National Trail, England
  • Barbados
  • Baqueira Beret, Spain
  • Sitges, Spain
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Patagonia
  • Namibia
  • Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia


Bill Bailey’s En Route To Normal tour kicks off in Plymouth on Sun 12 December and runs through to mid January. All the tickets and dates can be found at


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