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Dara Ó Briain not impressed at being labelled 'white British man' in Guardian review of Dara & Ed's Road to Mandalay

By Aoife Kelly

Dara Ó Briain has taken issue with The Guardian's review of his new show Dara and Ed's Road to Mandalay.

The show sees Ó Briain and fellow Irish comedian Ed Byrne travel to south east Asia to sample some of the delights it has to offer.

The first episode kicked off on BBC Two on Sunday night and The Guardian's review landed on Monday morning - and it was not positive.

"It reads, "Some things, unfortunately, don't change.  Neither does the increasingly dull formula of sending white British men to far-flung places in search of "strange and quirky" aspects of other cultures.

"The latest are Irish comedians Dara Ó Briain and Ed Byrne who, in Dara and Ed's Road to Mandalay (BBC2 Sunday), travel across Malaysia in the first of a three-part series exploring south-east Asia."

Ó Briain, noticing the irony within, has taken umbrage...

Tweeting his response to the review, he wrote, "Bravo @guardian telly review!  Accuses us of cultural insensitivity, while in the same sentence subsuming Ireland back into Britain..."

He added, "Calling me and Ed "white British men" is also irritating since the show was clearly a celebration of Malaysia's hugely diverse culture".

The new series follows the success of the comedians' and friends' successful 2015 series, Dara and Ed's Great Big Adventure which saw them driving from North to South America.

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