Boxing champ visits a youth hostel and brands his experience there 'splendid' and 'extraordinary'
Youth Hostelling With Chris Eubank has been made into an actual series.
After Eubank admitted recently that he was still “perplexed and confused” by a classic I’m Alan Partridge joke linking him to youth hostels, the former boxer has teamed up with Hostelworld to make a trailer for a real-life Youth Hostelling With Chris Eubank series.
The minute-long trailer shows Eubank checking into a hostel, testing out its bunk beds and taking advantage of its free wi-fi, before branding his overall experience “splendid” and “extraordinary”.
Explaining his belated embrace of the youth hostelling movement, Eubank said in a press release: “Up until recently, I had absolutely no idea why people used to mention hostels to me and smile. It was truly an unsolved mystery to me. Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubank has now become a reality and finally, albeit a little embarrassed and ashamed, I’m in on the joke 18 years after Alan Partridge pitched it!”
The joke stems from a 1997 episode of I’m Alan Partridge in which Steve Coogan’s hapless title character frantically reels off a list of potential new TV shows, including one titled Youth Hostelling With Chris Eubank. Up until now, the flamboyant former boxer, who once held titles at middleweight and super middleweight, has had no particular connection with the youth hostelling movement.
Asked whether a full series of Youth Hostelling With Chris Eubank could follow, a representative for Hostelworld told NME: “The company remains tight-lipped about whether a full-blown series will follow but is happy to confirm that it will not be developing one of Partridge’s other failed concepts: Monkey Tennis.”