Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Trip To Italy, season 2

As I missed out on the film version last year, I was pleased to manage to see almost all episodes of this BBC TV version.
What could have felt like reheated leftovers after Coogan & Brydon's gourmet trip through England in 2013 actually offers exotic landscapes in the wake of the British 19th century Romantics; close-ups on good food; improvised, witty and occasionally consequential banter; lightheartedness (less bitterness and resentment than last time, I felt) and countless impersonations of everyone from Tony Blair to Alanis Morrissette's father.

You can call it a bromance if you like, but you could also use the old-fashioned word 'friendship' for what Winterbottom skilfully depicts.


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