Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are back for the third series of their super sophisticated and brilliantly funny food-comedy mash-up The Trip, this time the destination is Greece.
An artful showcase for the jaw-dropping excellence of British humor, the Trip has, over its previous two seasons established itself as the perfect foil for these two incredible talents against a backdrop of some of Europe’s best restaurants. The third and final series continues in the same vein as the others. If you loved them, you'll love this one.
The format is unchanged. The premise? Nothing more than two actors making a road trip across Europe stopping off at fine dining restaurants to verbally spar with each other and perform impressions. The half-scripted, half improvised nature of the dialogue allows Coogan and Brydon to elicit a range of reactions from the audience, ranging from unbridled laughter to awkward silence and melancholy. It’s quite astonishing.
The third series The Trip to Greece retraces The Odyssey with an itinerary that takes in the Hellenic lands, from Turkey through modern Macedonia and Greece.
The comedy is self-referential, unapologetically so, yet it’s not afraid to embrace uncomfortable material such as a detour to a refugee camp in Greece. However, the main ingredients for the laughs are the underlying insecurities and neediness that plague The Trip’s two stars, and indeed all actors.
There is so much cross over into real life that it is difficult to tell where the fiction ends and truth begins, but that’s all part of this vaudeville. It’s sad two, that the final series lands just as Britain has turned its back on the EU, meaning these types of trips may not materialize for future generations of Brits, or at least not with the same ease they did for Coogan and Brydon.
If you’re new to the series, you would be best advised to catch up on series one and two before embarking on series three, they are already and will long be absolute classics of British humor.
The Trip to Greece first aired in the UK on Tuesday 3 March at 10pm on Sky One. Also available to watch on NOW TV.