Saturday, 16 July 2011

THE TRIP heads for Italy

Saturday, 16 July 2011

According to the British Comedy Guide, The Trip's co-producer Andrew Eaton has revealed a second series is being made, to be set in Italy. Eaton let slip the news during a BAFTA talk, where he was joined by stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon at Latitude Festival's Film & Music Arena.

The first series of The Trip aired last November on BBC2, where it lost half its 2 million viewers over a six-week run, although it was critically-adored and has retained a strong fan-base. The series, directed by Michael Winterbottom, was also re-edited into a movie that became a success in North America at various film festivals.

The show saw Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon playing exaggerated versions of themselves (as they did in Winterbottom's movie A Cock & Bull Story), as Brydon accompanied Coogan on a tour around the Lake District, sampling meals at posh restaurants for a Sunday newspaper column. It's not yet known if this concept will form the basis of series 2, albeit with a switch to sun-kissed Italy, but that does seem very likely.

What do you think? Did you enjoy The Trip last year? I did. Or were you one of the million people who abandoned it during its run? Have you seen the movie version? Will you be tuning into an Italian follow-up, or are you only interested in watching clips on YouTube (some of which became very popular around the world)?