Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Michael Winterbottom on The Trip 2

main2.jpg
main1.jpg
main3.jpg

Michael Winterbottom on sending Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon to Italy's Amalfi Coast for The Trip 2

In the three years since Michael Winterbottom packed Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon off on their critically-lauded, largely improvised gastronomic tour of northern England, much has changed. Coogan has been busy transforming Alan Partridge into a film star and bagging an Oscar nomination for Philomena, while Brydon, no slouch either, has popped up in Gangsta Granny.

However, something about two middle-aged men swapping Roger Moore impressions over haute cuisine struck a chord with the viewing public and, as such, the pair have done us all a favour and headed out on the road again for The Trip To Italy.

“In the new series we talk about the problems of doing a second anything – second series, second film, second album, second holiday,” director Winterbottom tells ShortList. “We’ve deliberately structured it in a very similar way to the first series, but they’re three years older and at a slightly different situation in their lives.”

Winterbottom adds, “You can expect more impressions, too. There are one or two new ones [including this clip of Coogan doing Tom Hardy as Bane], though I wouldn’t expect too many. They are very good at what they do, but they have quite a narrow range…”

So, with Italy and ‘The North’ now stamped in their culinary passports, could The Trip become a trilogy and, if so, where to next? “Well, after the first one we all felt we’d never do a second one,” claims Winterbottom. “And now after the second one we feel we’d never do a third.

“But if we were to do one more, I think Steve would quite like to do America, and Rob would quite like to do Australia." Our vote’s for Oz. We’ve got a feeling Brydon’s Paul Hogan would be spectacular.

The Trip To Italy will air on the BBC later this year

Related

fargo-tv.jpg

8 upcoming tv shows based on movies

the-trip-to-italy.jpg

Coogan and Brydon do The Dark Knight Rises

alan_3HERO.jpg

Steve Coogan

Comments

More

Here’s why we’ve had to wait so long for 'Rick and Morty' season three

He revealed all in a lengthy Twitter thread

by Tom Victor
26 Jun 2017

El Chapo - yes, that El Chapo - is suing Netflix

Self-image is important to the former most-wanted man

by Tom Victor
26 Jun 2017

Someone's discovered a £1 million item on 'Antiques Roadshow'

The world's dullest show just got interesting...

by Carl Anka
23 Jun 2017

Making a Murderer's Brendan Dassey moves one step closer to freedom

Will he finally get out?

by Dave Fawbert
23 Jun 2017

Here's your first look at the new zones on 'The Crystal Maze'

It's back on TV this week

by Tom Victor
22 Jun 2017

Does the new 'Game of Thrones' trailer hint at Jon Snow dying again?

It sounds ominous

by Alex Finnis
22 Jun 2017

BBC News screw-up accidentally airs two minutes of silence

No news is good news

by Dave Fawbert
21 Jun 2017

'Sherlock' writers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat making 'Dracula' show

This is going to be massive

by Alex Finnis
21 Jun 2017

Friends creator finally responds to that dark Phoebe fan theory

Marta Kauffman has addressed the dark theory that Phoebe is a delusional homeless woman

by Emily Reynolds
20 Jun 2017

How many of these 30 'Big Brother' contestants can you name?

Take a trip down reality TV memory lane

by Gary Ogden
20 Jun 2017