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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 series was edited into a feature film and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010. The full series was first broadcast on BBC Two and BBC HD in the United Kingdom in November 2010. Both the TV series and film received very positive reviews.

The Trip
Trip poster.jpg
Poster for US theatrical run
Directed byMichael Winterbottom
StarringSteve Coogan
Rob Brydon
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series3
No. of episodes18
Producer(s)Andrew Eaton
Melissa Parmenter
Running time30 mins
Production company(s)Revolution Films
Baby Cow Productions
DistributorBBC Worldwide
Original networkBBC Two (2010-2014)
BBC HD (2010)
BBC Two HD (2014)
Sky Atlantic (2016 - present)
Picture format4K UHDTV (2017-)
1080i HDTV
576p SDTV
Audio formatDolby Digital Stereo
Original release1 November 2010 –
Preceded byA Cock and Bull Story
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A second series, The Trip to Italy, followed in 2014. Like the first series, it was edited into a feature film, and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014. The television series premiered on BBC Two in the United Kingdom in April 2014.

A third series, The Trip to Spain, was filmed in 2016. It premiered on Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom on 6 April 2017 and was also edited into a feature film.[1][2]

A fourth series, The Trip to Greece, began filming in June 2019.[3]


The Trip (Series 1)Edit

In an effort to impress his gourmet girlfriend, Mischa (Margo Stilley), actor Steve Coogan accepts a commission from The Observer to go on a restaurant tour of the north of England. When Mischa insists they take a break from their relationship, Steve invites colleague and friend-of-sorts Rob Brydon. On the trip, Coogan has a number of one-night stands, but is miserable professionally and personally, despite being the bigger star; Brydon, with his young family, is more content and laid-back. The two argue and attempt to outdo and humiliate each other with their impersonations of famous figures including Michael Caine and Sean Connery.

The Trip to Italy (Series 2)Edit

Rob and Steve are commissioned to do another restaurant tour, this time in Italy from Piedmont to Capri, following in the footsteps of the great Romantic poets in the early 19th century on the Grand Tour.[4][permanent dead link][5]. While on the tour, Rob wins a part in an American Michael Mann film.

The Trip to Spain (Series 3)Edit

Rob and Steve are commissioned to do another restaurant tour, this time in Spain.

The Trip to Greece (Series 4)Edit

Rob Brydon announced the fourth series on Twitter on 16 January 2019.[6] Filming began on 12 June 2019.[7]


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.[8] In an interview with The Guardian, 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."[8]


The Trip received 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 went on to describe it as "completely brilliant" and "hilarious".[9] Brian Viner of The Independent said: "The Trip never fails to oblige. I love it for its originality and its daring."[10] John Crace of The Guardian described the show as "one of the funniest things on TV."[11] Director Richard Curtis described the series as one of the greatest television programmes of all time at the 2013 British Comedy Awards.[12] It was nominated, in 2011, for the BAFTA Television Award for Best Situation Comedy, and Steve Coogan won the award for Best Male Comedy Performance.[13] It won the best new programme award at the 2012 Broadcast awards in London.[14] In 2018, Rob Brydon was nominated for the BAFTA Television Award for Best Male Comedy Performance, but lost out to Toby Jones for Detectorists.[15]

The Trip film received positive reviews from American critics. The film holds an 88% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 104 reviews with an average rating of 7.4/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Amiable, funny and sometimes insightful, The Trip works as both a showcase for the enduring chemistry between stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon and an unexpected perusal of men entering mid-life crises."[16] Metacritic gave the film an average score of 82 out of 100, based on 33 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[17] Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three stars out of four, Joshua Rothkopf of Time Out New York five, and Ben Kenigsberg of Time Out Chicago four. Manohla Dargis of The New York Times gave the film 90/100. Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal gave the film 80/100. 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+. As of 29 September 2011, the film had grossed $1,926,866, of which $77,904 was on its opening weekend in the US.[18]

The second series, The Trip to Italy, also received positive reviews. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 87% of 54 film critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 7.3 out of 10.[19] Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice wrote that The Trip to Italy "is basically more of the same Trip ... Now we know just what to expect from Coogan and Brydon, although as long as you're willing to settle in for the ride, that's not necessarily a bad thing."[20] Scott Foundas of Variety found the series a "warmly enjoyable continuation of their improvised cultural and culinary adventures."[21] William Goss of wrote: "Plenty enjoyable for fans of the first one, but by the end, it also has the consistency of reheated comfort food."[22] Amber Wilkinson of The Daily Telegraph gave the film version of The Trip to Italy a grade B score, writing that Coogan and Brydon's "improvisation has been honed to the point where the jokes land solidly without losing naturalism and the pair of them are clearly enjoying la dolce vita."[23]

A review article of the series was published in the online quarterly film journal Senses of Cinema in 2015, which reflects upon its relationships to poetry, the work of Walter Benjamin, allegory, tragedy, mourning, Italian neorealism, Romanticism, and The Gravediggers scene from Shakespeare's Hamlet.[24]


The Trip (Series 1)Edit

Number Title Airdate Viewers
1 "The Inn at Whitewell" 1 November 2010 2.300 million (10.3%)[25]
2 "L'Enclume" 8 November 2010 1.539 million (7.5%)[26]
3 "Holbeck Ghyll" 15 November 2010 1.35 million (6.5%)[27]
4 "Hipping Hall" 22 November 2010 1.199 million (5.6%)[28]
5 "The Yorke Arms" 29 November 2010 1.234 million (5.6%) [29]
6 "The Angel at Hetton" 6 December 2010 1.077 million (5%) [30]

The Trip to Italy (Series 2)Edit

Number Title Airdate
1 "Il Cenobio dei Dogi, Camogli" 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 "Il Riccio, Capri" 9 May 2014

The Trip to Spain (Series 3)Edit

Number Title Airdate
1 "Txoko" 6 April 2017
2 "Etxebarri" 13 April 2017
3 "La Posada del Laurel" 20 April 2017
4 "Nöla" 27 April 2017
5 "Parador de Almagro" 4 May 2017
6 "El Refectorium" 11 May 2017

International broadcastEdit

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 edit of The Trip was released.[31]

DVD releasesEdit

The first series of The Trip was released on 13 December 2010. The second series was released on 12 May 2014, as well as a boxset featuring all 12 TV episodes, and a boxset of the film versions.[citation needed]


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