Culture Club: The Trip, Mondays, BBC2
Readers review this week's big TV series
Thursday 09 December 2010
"Amusing – but at times as pretentious as the food they ate."
"It wasn't hilarious, but it was amusing. It should have been condensed into a 90-minute film."
"The series actually achieved an interesting kind of, er, contemplation. I loved lots of tiny details in both Brydon's and Coogan's acting."
"Pretty funny; but the same thing every week – not quite to the word, but certainly plot-wise it was identical, which soon grew tiring."
"I really enjoyed it. The acting was invisible, the humour came easily and both Brydon and Coogan are genuinely likeable characters as themselves."
"Good fun, but self indulgent?"
"It moved easily between hilarity and melancholy, which I finally recognised this week as a showcase of the talents they boast. It had a formulaic structure, but the character development and the relationship that grew between them kept it fresh and watchable over the course of its six half-hour episodes."
"Gauche, silly, formatted, tedious, disappointing."
"I love the two of them, but not together. Pure self indulgence = boring."
"Almost, almost had the feel of a non-scripted, fly-on-the-wall docu-drama. I loved the discussion on the technicalities of Michael Caine impersonations. Regional identities, albeit inevitable, should have been explored further. The stuck-in-a-metaphor moment is still making me smile. Brydon and Coogan complement each other and I'd like to see more from them, leaving The Trip behind them."
"I found myself looking forward to this trip, enjoyed its subtlety, the scenery en route, the food and the company."
"Coogan trying to do 'small man in a box' was hilarious. Obviously they were really pushing the 'he's a contented family man at peace with his place in the business/he's just lonely and a slave to his ambition' angle. But it worked for me and I actually found myself quite moved at times."
"A stand-out moment was the one time Brydon is noticeably jealous of Coogan, leading to a perfectly pitched awkward advance on Steve's assistant. I loved it. The story arc might not be obvious, but we are left with the sense that Steve is reassessing his priorities and that he has learnt a little from Rob."
"In the words of Mr Partridge himself, lovely stuff! I met the two of them in a bar in Ambleside when they were up here in the Lakes filming for the L'enclume episode – they were slightly worse for wear. Cashback! As you can tell, I prefer Coogan's solo work, but The Trip is a decent interlude between the next series and his internet-only shows."
"I missed the last episode but loved the first two – no canned laughter, and no 'signposts' telling you when to laugh."
"I'd prefer to watch paint dry."
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