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The Trip: Season 1: Episode 6 -- Following a visit to Bolton abbey - an excuse for Rob to quote Wordsworth - and an outdoor breakfast at the Angel at Hetton.


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Steve is asked to review restaurants for the UK's Observer who is joined on a working road trip by his friend Rob who fills in at the last minute when Coogan's romantic relationship falls apart. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 9 of 14)

Steve Coogan ... Steve (12 episodes, 2010-2014)

Rob Brydon ... Rob (12 episodes, 2010-2014)
Rebecca Johnson ... Sally (11 episodes, 2010-2014)

Claire Keelan ... Emma (9 episodes, 2010-2014)

Marta Barrio ... Yolanda (7 episodes, 2010-2014)
Timothy Leach ... Joe (6 episodes, 2010-2014)

Rosie Fellner ... Lucy (5 episodes, 2014)

Ronni Ancona ... Donna (5 episodes, 2014)

Margo Stilley ... Mischa (5 episodes, 2010)

Series Directed by
Michael Winterbottom (12 episodes, 2010-2014)
Series Writing credits
Rob Brydon (6 episodes, 2014)
Steve Coogan (6 episodes, 2014)

Series Produced by
Andrew Eaton .... executive producer / producer (12 episodes, 2010-2014)
Henry Normal .... executive producer (12 episodes, 2010-2014)
Melissa Parmenter .... producer (12 episodes, 2010-2014)
Josh Hyams .... co-producer (6 episodes, 2014)
Stefano Negri .... line producer (6 episodes, 2014)
Giulia Salvadori .... associate producer (6 episodes, 2014)
Gregor Sharp .... executive producer (6 episodes, 2014)
Simon Lupton .... executive producer (5 episodes, 2010)
Anthony Wilcox .... associate producer (5 episodes, 2010)
Louise Stevenson .... DI producer (5 episodes, 2014)
Michael Winterbottom .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2010)
Series Cinematography by
Ben Smithard (6 episodes, 2010)
James Clarke (6 episodes, 2014)
Series Film Editing by
Mags Arnold (12 episodes, 2010-2014)
Paul Monaghan (11 episodes, 2010-2014)
Marc Richardson (6 episodes, 2014)
Series Casting by
Shaheen Baig (5 episodes, 2010)
Series Costume Design by
Celia Yau (6 episodes, 2010)
Lisa Shanley (6 episodes, 2014)
Series Production Management
Amy Jackson .... production manager / post-production supervisor (6 episodes, 2010)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Groom .... third assistant director (6 episodes, 2010)
Evelina De Gaudenzi .... third assistant director (5 episodes, 2014)
Zoe Liang .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 2014)
Anthony Wilcox .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 2010)
Series Art Department
James Harrington .... props buyer (5 episodes, 2010)
Series Sound Department
Richard Davey .... sound re-recording mixer / dubbing mixer (12 episodes, 2010-2014)
Joakim Sundström .... supervising sound editor (12 episodes, 2010-2014)
Will Whale .... sound recordist (12 episodes, 2010-2014)
Christer Melén .... sound effects editor (8 episodes, 2010-2014)
Will Chadwick .... sound re-recording mixer / foley editor (7 episodes, 2010-2014)
Simon Koelmeyer .... additional sound / boom operator / ... (6 episodes, 2010)
Anders Degerberg .... foley recordist (6 episodes, 2014)
Helen McGovern .... boom operator (6 episodes, 2014)
Ulf Olausson .... foley artist (6 episodes, 2014)
Chris Treble .... dubbing mixer (5 episodes, 2010)
Per Boström .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 2010)
Fredrik Stålne .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 2010)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
David Penfold .... first assistant camera (6 episodes, 2010)
Simon Tindall .... camera operator (6 episodes, 2010)
Matteo Attolini .... grip (6 episodes, 2014)
Stefano Barabino .... first assistant camera (6 episodes, 2014)
Barny Crocker .... camera operator (6 episodes, 2014)
Joseph Mastrangelo .... focus puller (6 episodes, 2014)
James Clarke .... camera operator (5 episodes, 2010)
Jack Holmes .... first assistant camera (5 episodes, 2010)
Henry Landgrebe .... first assistant camera (5 episodes, 2010)
James Stormer .... digital imaging technician (5 episodes, 2010)
Series Editorial Department
Dan Coles .... colourist / colorist / ... (12 episodes, 2010-2014)
Sion Penny .... on-line editor (12 episodes, 2010-2014)
Giuseppe Circelli .... first assistant editor (6 episodes, 2010)
Marc Richardson .... first assistant editor (6 episodes, 2010)
Robbie Gibbon .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 2014)
Series Other crew
Andrew Georgiou .... production accountant (9 episodes, 2010-2014)
Josh Hyams .... head of development / script editor (6 episodes, 2010)
Sophie Neave .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2010)
Martha Skelly .... production assistant / set production assistant (6 episodes, 2010)
Alice Pearse .... production coordinator: London (6 episodes, 2014)
Teresa Rocco .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2014)
Nicoletta Sinatti .... production coordinator (6 episodes, 2014)
Ruth Breslaw .... office manager (5 episodes, 2010)
Al Eales .... camera equipment account manager (5 episodes, 2010)
Anna Stockton .... production assistant (5 episodes, 2010)
Marco Gentile .... location manager: Campania (2 episodes, 2014)

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A Near Perfect Gastro-Comic Excursion, 28 June 2011
Author: eddiez61 from Collingswood, NJ USA

One part Gourmet Orgy, one part North of England Postcard, one part Buddy Road Picture, and one part Indulgent Vanity Piece, The Trip serves up thoroughly sating entertainment. While on a one week sojourn through the picturesque countryside to review haute cuisine for a Sunday newspaper, Steve Coogan's character - a rather melancholic version of himself - struggles to salvage a failing relationship with his distant American actress girlfriend over awkward, difficult cell phone calls. It's a clever ploy that personifies Steve's escaping opportunities to land a substantial role in a major Hollywood production. His spirit is so crushed by his fractured romance, or by his unfulfilled professional ambitions, or by both - you decide! - that it casts a shadow over his days' adventures.

Though he indulges his libido at will with a string of attractive young ladies along the way, he still implores us to empathize with his misery. It is hard to commiserate with a guy who's meanwhile indulging, at every meal, in spectacularly sumptuous delicacies and exquisite vintages, all the while engaged in wonderfully hysterical banter with a fellow comedic master, Rob Brydon, who is sarcastically presented as just a casual work acquaintance. Steve's spot on executions of Michael Caine, Roger Moore, Sean Connery, Billy Connolly, and even Woody Allen are nearly matched by Rob, whose uncanny Hugh Grant he employs in his ridiculous nightly phone sex calls to his wife back home. Rob seems unaware of just how awful is his Al Pacino, which he isn't shy to use. Even Rob's lesser talents, especially his trademark Small Man in a Box, are very entertaining, at least in as much as they severely irritate Steve, who secretly envies the amusing skill.

The conceit that drives the six episode series is that we are in fact encouraged to despise Steve to some degree for his prideful self obsession, all-the-while vicariously reveling in the bacchanalian indulgences. Rob's genial, boyish charm is just as likely to provoke as it is to dampen a condescending, scolding retort from Steve. Rob, it seems, is content to have such a knowledgeable, if critical, audience for his theatrics. The heavy moods, however, are overplayed a bit, prodded by Mr. Coogan's genuine(?) desire to be recognized as an artist. Apparently true comedians are not satisfied with their rare talent for making people laugh. It's a dilemma similar to that explored by Ricky Gervais in Extras series 2, where Ricky's character, Andy, is often despondent over his stalled career, trapped in a low brow sitcom, mechanically repeating a tedious, tiresome catch phrase. The Trip manages to avoid Alan Partridge's signature "Aha!" for all but a few utterances where it's used to great effect. The Trip also shares considerable psychic terrain with the 2004 film Sideways with Paul Giamatti as a morose failed writer and Thomas Haden Church as a better adjusted minor TV star on a cross country wine tasting excursion. The Trip plays it much less dramatically, more subtly.

As brilliant as this hybrid amalgam is, I left off one half a star for it's less-than-funny, even distracting, self fascinated pathos. Steve's hubris is initially compelling but it eventually grew just a bit tiresome. In all fairness watching the six episodes straight through in one sitting may have contributed to this impression. Even so, that leaves nine and one half gleaming stars of supremely fulfilling rich humor and stunning visual treats, plus a few savory historical morsels.

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