The Trip (2010 TV series)

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The Trip
Trip poster.jpg
Poster for US theatrical run
Genre Sitcom
Directed by Michael Winterbottom
Starring Steve Coogan
Rob Brydon
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 12
Producer(s) Andrew Eaton
Melissa Parmenter
Running time 30 mins
Production company(s) Revolution Films
Baby Cow
Distributor BBC Worldwide
Original channel BBC Two
Picture format 1080i HDTV
576p SDTV
Audio format Dolby Digital Stereo
Original airing

1 November 2010 -

Preceded by A Cock and Bull Story
Related shows The Trip
External links

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 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, followed 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.[1] 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."[1]


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".[2] 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."[3] John Crace of The Guardian described the show as "one of the funniest things on TV".[4] Director Richard Curtis described the series as one of the greatest television programmes of all time at the 2013 British Comedy Awards.[citation needed] It was nominated for the 2011 BAFTA Television Award for Best Situation Comedy, and Steve Coogan won the award for Best Male Comedy Performance.[5] The Trip won the best new programme award at the 2012 Broadcast awards in London.[6]

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.[7]


Series 1[edit]

Number Title Airdate Viewers
1 "The Inn at Whitewell" 1 November 2010 2.300 million (10.3%)[8]
2 "L'Enclume" 8 November 2010 1.539 million (7.5%)[9]
3 "Holbeck Ghyll" 15 November 2010 1.35 million (6.5%)[10]
4 "Hipping Hall" 22 November 2010 1.199 million (5.6%)[11]
5 "The Yorke Arms" 29 November 2010 1.234 million (5.6%) [12]
6 "The Angel at Hetton" 6 December 2010 1.077 million (5%) [13]

Series 2[edit]

A second series, titled The Trip to Italy, was filmed in 2013 with Brydon and Coogan touring Italy, following in the footsteps of English poets in the early 19th century on the Grand Tour.[14][15] It is currently being televised on BBC Two.[16]

Number Title Airdate Viewers
1 "Il Cenobio dei Dogi" 4 April 2014
2 "Da Giovanni, San Fruttuoso" 11 April 2014
3 "La Suvera, Pievescola" 18 April 2014
4 "Hotel Locarno, Rome" 25 April 2014
5 "Villa Cimbrone, Ravello" 2 May 2014
6 TBA 9 May 2014

International broadcast[edit]

In Australia, the programme was first screened Wednesday nights at 10:00pm on ABC1 starting on 14 December 2011, six months after the feature film was released.[17]


  1. ^ a b "Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan: 'We're not the big buddies people think we are'". The Guardian. 2010-10-26. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  2. ^ "TV review: Accused/The Trip". The Scotsman. 2010-12-01. Retrieved 2010-12-08. 
  3. ^ "Last Night's TV - Ian Hislop's Age of the Do-Gooders, BBC2; Art of Germany, BBC4; The Trip, BBC2". The Independent. 2010-11-30. Retrieved 2010-12-08. 
  4. ^ "TV review: Dispatches: City of Fear; Accused; The Trip". The Guardian. 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2010-12-08. 
  5. ^ "Television Awards Nominees and Winners in 2011". BAFTA. 26 April 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Fred West drama Appropriate Adult wins TV award". BBC. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Trip (2011) (2011)". Box Office Mojo. 29 September 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "TV ratings: Nearly 6m for ITV's The Little House". The Guardian. 2010-11-02. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  9. ^ "TV ratings: Jack Duckworth farewell watched by nearly 11 million". The Guardian. 2010-11-09. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  10. ^ "The British Comedy Guide". Retrieved 2010-11-23. 
  11. ^ "TV ratings: Miranda walks tall for BBC2". The Guardian. 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2010-11-23. 
  12. ^ "TV Ratings: BBC1's Fifa probe scores 2.85 million". The Guardian. 2010-11-30. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  13. ^ "TV Ratings: Coronation Street explodes with 13m viewers". The Guardian. 2010-12-07. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
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  16. ^ "The Trip To Italy", British Comedy Guide.
  17. ^ "ABC1 Programming Airdate: The Trip (episode one)". ABC Television Publicity. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 

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