Backpackers (TV series)

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Backpackers is a mixed genre travel-reality television program created by and starring friends Mick Middleton, James Grech (JAG) and Lee Mahoney from Colac, Victoria.

The show was shot on three cameras over a year as Middleton, Grech and Mahoney left everything behind and backpacked on a shoestring budget around Europe.

It began airing in Australia on 13 November 2006 on Foxtel's Channel V, but had already been picked up and aired in other countries throughout the world, including OLN Canada, C4 New Zealand, Extreme sports channel Extreme Sports Channel in England, in Turkey, Dream TV Turkey and Channel V in Malaysia.[citation needed]

The program has received mixed reviews and cult recognition due to the nature in which the three backpackers went about making the show on small cameras and traveling on their own funds, interviewing, partying and recording all the random moments that occurred throughout the trip.

Backpackers has been both criticized and praised[citation needed] for its honest portrayal of a year of budget travel and has received a small cult base.

Episode list[edit]

Episode # Aus air date Episode name Description
1 13/11/2006 Three Men & a Pilot - (London In the first episode Mick, Jag and Lee are introduced; three mates from Melbourne, Australia. They are about to say their goodbyes and get on a plane for a year trip around Europe. Once in England the fun begins as Lee gets a girl)
2 13/12/2006 We're in London Still - (London Tooth troubles)
3 13/01/2007 To be Sure! - (Ireland, St Patrick's Day The guys travel through the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland talking about clock building and visiting the site where the Titanic was built, and as always having problems with Van Damme. But with money getting low the boys decide to head to Scotland to work, and pimp out Van Damme.)
4 13/02/2007 Belfast Burryman or Bust - Ireland to Scotland (The boys go in search of the Lock ness monster, cook haggis, make kilts and learn to dance.)
5 13/03/2007 Double Creamery Poltergeist - Scotland (Cheese Roll) As the guys say their goodbyes to their jobs and friends in Scotland they head over to France where they get beer at Maccas and get in trouble with the police. Oh and there are more problems with Van Damme.
6 13/04/2007 That's no' how you make Haggis! - Scottish Experience (The group are now in Spain, which means drinks, bulls and good times to be had.)
7 13/05/2007 Adios Scotland - (Scotland to France The Guys and girls Of Van Damme drive from Spain into Portugal, but not before stopping and checking out the little city of Cuntis & plenty of beaches)
8 13/06/2007 Pooing our Pants in Pamploma - Spain, Running of the Bulls
9 13/07/2007 Spain, Portugal, Spain, Portugal! (Spain - Portugal, Island Getaway)
10 13/08/2007 Those Damn Sirens! (Portugal, Lagos Party Life!)
11 13/09/2007 Food Fight! (Portugal - Spain, La Tomatina)
12 13/10/2007 Where? (Spain to Andorra)
13 13/11/2007 Hello my Rag-Time Gal! (After dropping the girls off at the airport to do their own thing, the guys head to a little town and have a look around, also eat frogs legs, snails and find a little town called Condom)
14 13/12/2007 Them Dry Bones! (Paris, Catacombs)
15 13/01/2008 Stolen Memories (France to Germany, Oktoberfest)
16 13/02/2008 Fook you! (Germany to Austria)
17 13/03/2008 Don't fear the reaper! (Austria to Czech, Bone Church)
18 13/04/2008 Trick or Treat! (Czech to Hungary/Romania/Austria)
19 13/05/2008 Backpacker Pis (Belgium, Chocolatier!)
20 13/06/2008 High Times! (Amsterdam)
21 13/07/2008 Dora the Explora! (London, selling the van)
22 13/08/2008 Buon anno! (Italy NYE Rome)
23 13/09/2008 The boot continued (Italy to Cicily, Mt Etna)
24 13/10/2008 How do you make a Maltese Cross? (Malta Family reunion)
25 13/11/2008 Backpackers Boat Bonanza (Malta - Denmark, Sweden!)
26 13/12/2008 Three Men and a Season finale (The Return home)

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