The Trip (2010 TV series)
Poster for US theatrical run
|Directed by||Michael Winterbottom|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Running time||30 mins|
|Production company(s)||Revolution Films
|Original channel||BBC Two
|Picture format||1080i HDTV
|Audio format||Dolby Digital Stereo|
1 November 2010 -present
|Preceded by||A Cock and Bull Story|
|Related shows||The Trip|
The Trip is a 2010 British television sitcom series directed by Michael Winterbottom, starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as fictionalised versions of themselves on a restaurant tour of northern England. The first series was first broadcast in on BBC Two and BBC HD in the United Kingdom. In 2011, the series was edited into a feature film and released in the United States by IFC Films. Both the TV series and film received very positive reviews. A second series, set in Italy, will follow in 2014.
In an effort to impress his gourmand girlfriend, Mischa, actor Steve Coogan has accepted a commission from the Observer newspaper to go on a restaurant tour of the north of England. However, when Mischa insists they take a break from their relationship, Steve is forced to invite colleague and friend-of-sorts Rob Brydon. Coogan has a number of one-night stands, but is unhappy both professionally and personally, despite being the bigger star; Brydon, with his young family, is more relaxed and content. The two constantly bicker and attempt to undermine and outdo each other with their impersonations of Michael Caine and Sean Connery, for example, especially in the presence of attractive women. The competitive atmosphere is occasionally broken by passages of amicable and spontaneous comic improvisation.
Coogan and Brydon's roles as fictionalised versions of themselves are a continuation of their improvised performances in the film A Cock and Bull Story (2005), also directed by Michael Winterbottom. In an interview with The Guardian, Steve Coogan said he and Brydon exaggerated "the aspects of ourselves that help the comedy ... I like playing with the fact that it might be me, to give it a bit more edge. So some of the conversations with Rob are funny, but some of them are very uncomfortable. They're sort of genuine arguments. It's a sort of an exaggeration of real life."
The Trip received very positive reviews. Andrea Mullaney of The Scotsman said that "on paper, The Trip sounds bloody awful: a cosy, luvvie giant in-joke for Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon", but goes on to describe it as "completely brilliant" and "hilarious". Brian Viner of The Independent said: "There's been precious little else on the box these last few years that has got my wife and me shedding big fat tears of laughter, but The Trip never fails to oblige. I love it for its originality and its daring." John Crace of The Guardian described the show as "one of the funniest things on TV". Director Richard Curtis described the series as one of the greatest television programmes of all time at the 2013 British Comedy Awards. It was nominated for the 2011 BAFTA Television Award for Best Situation Comedy, and Steve Coogan won the award for Best Male Comedy Performance. The Trip won the best new programme award at the 2012 Broadcast awards in London.
The film also received a highly positive reaction from American critics. Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three stars out of four. Joshua Rothkopf of Time Out New York gave the film five stars out of five and Ben Kenigsberg of Time Out Chicago gave the film four stars out of five. Manohla Dargis of The New York Times gave the film 90/100 (Metacritic). Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal gave the film 80/100 (Metacritic). Noel Murray, of The A.V. Club gave the film a B rating, saying that "there was no reason the film couldn't have been even funnier." John Anderson of Variety said, "viewers will barely stop laughing." Eric Kohn of IndieWire gave the film a B+. The film currently holds an 89% "fresh" review score on Rotten Tomatoes, and Metacritic gave the film an average score of 82/100 based on 33 reviews. As of 1 September 2011 the film had grossed $1,926,866, of which $77,904 was on its opening weekend in the US.
|1||"The Inn at Whitewell"||1 November 2010||2.300 million (10.3%)|
|2||"L'Enclume"||8 November 2010||1.539 million (7.5%)|
|3||"Holbeck Ghyll"||15 November 2010||1.35 million (6.5%)|
|4||"Hipping Hall"||22 November 2010||1.199 million (5.6%)|
|5||"The Yorke Arms"||29 November 2010||1.234 million (5.6%) |
|6||"The Angel at Hetton"||6 December 2010||1.077 million (5%) |
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