If you enjoyed season one, don't expect a radical departure
Plenty of shows try to push the envelope with their second season; developing new and crazy ideas in a bid to keep the fans hooked to the fresh new take. Not Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s The Trip though, no: that’s the same as before, just in Italy.
The Trip to Italy sees Brydon and Coogan traverse warmer climes than the Lakes
"It's sort of the same as the first one, really,” Coogan explained at the premiere of the show at the Sundance Film Festival (they’ve shoved all six episodes together to make a film, too).
"I mean, the first one was a six part series and a movie, this one is the same thing - it's a movie at Sundance. But we're really excited about it," he added. “People have seen it, they laugh at it and they think it's funny. It's a different sort of broad comedy film.” (Metro)
The first series of The Trip enjoyed a sort of sleeper hit status due to Coogan’s perennial association with his most famous creation: Alan Partridge. But its merits were soon realised, leading to a palpable sense of excitement in anticipation for the second.
"It doesn't take itself too seriously, but it does actually deal with quite serious subjects, but in a funny way. It's great to do. It's very liberating," added Coogan of his and Brydon’s Italian adventure. It’s all sitting pretty sweetly for Coogan at the moment; his film Philomena – starring Judi Dench and directed by Stephen Fryers – has been nominated for Best Picture at The Oscars.
So get ready for more of the same...
“I’m really happy, but I feel like it’s happening to someone else. I always get jealous of Americans that they can whoop and cheer with good news. It’s not a very British thing to do,” said Coogan of the film’s nomination. “That’s not true. I was doing a victory march around my bedroom in my dressing gown. Which I maybe shouldn’t share with you. My girlfriend thought it was appalling.”