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The Trip with Steve Coogan & Rob Brydon

The Trip (2010) is a British television series which was released as a feature-length film in the US and overseas. It sees comic actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon improvising exaggerated versions of themselves and embarking on a fine dining tour of six different restaurants in the north of England for the Observer, a British publication.

Steve originally planned to take the tour with his girlfriend but she is unable to go so he reluctantly opts to take Rob along instead. Coogan is unhappy with his life and career trajectory which leads to clashes with Brydon's content family man persona, upbeat personality and constant barrage of impressions. The two argue, converse, ruminate, share stories and bond throughout their journey.

The Trip (2010) Poster

The Trip (2010) Poster

The joy of the series lies in the conversations and comic banter between Steve and Rob which are the centre of the series/film and are accompanied by the bleak but picturesque English countryside, piano music by Michael Nyman, and of course, fine food. The series includes a great number of hilarious impressions, impression-offs, characters, silly voices, acapella performances, movie references, and ruminations on life, love, celebrity and acting.

While some reviewers have suggested that the comedy may not translate to American audiences, I think that film buffs from around the world can easily appreciate the many impressions, references, and comedic situations that Coogan and Brydon find themselves in. Although it does help to have an appreciation or familiarity with British television, actors, accents and general knowledge about contemporary England.

Quotes, Impressions & References

Season 1 Episode 1 The Inn at Whitewell

(Talking about culinary reviews)

Rob: "It's 2010, everything's been done before. All you can do is do something someone's done before but do it better or differently."

Steve: "To some extent, that's correct."

(Discussing why Steve decided to go on the trip)

Steve: "I wanted to show Mischa (his girlfriend) the... you know, the North. Show her a piece of me.

Rob: "You're from Manchester. You could take her round and show her the gun crime sites."

(Steve's Michael Caine impression)

Steve: "She was only 16 years old... You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off."

(Steve is aggravated by Rob's constant impressions)

Steve: "I think anyone over 40 who amuses themselves by doing impressions needs to take a long, hard look in the mirror."

Steve: "Is there such a thing as an autistic impressionist? Cos if there is I think that might be the key to your condition."


- Colin Farrell

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- Ronnie Corbett

- Al Pacino

- An idiot wine taster

- 18th century fop

- Richard Burton presumably doing Shakespeare

- Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs

- Alan Bennett (mentioning Peter Cook & Dudley Moore)

- Michael Caine (in the 1960s, in Batman Begins & Harry Brown, in Get Carter, in The Italian Job)

- Anthony Hopkins as Captain William Bligh in The Bounty

- Mel Gibson as Fletcher Christian in The Bounty

- Rhys Darby as Murray Hewitt in Flight of the Conchords

- Al Pacino in Heat

- Robert De Niro in Heat

- Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man

- Basil Brush from The Basil Brush Show

- Silenced pistol

Miscellaneous references

Miss Marple, Oprah Winfrey, Hans Christian Anderson


"Atmosphere" by Joy Division

Season 1 Episode 2 L'Enclume

(Talking about Steve's night with a Polish hotel hostess)

Rob: "Did you cement Anglo-Polish relations?"

Steve: "There was a summit in my bedroom. I won't go into detail but there were more than talks about talks. In fact, i'd go as far as to say there was an historic accord. What joy it was to be alive, but to be young was very heaven."

(Bond villain impression)

Steve, Rob: "Come, come, Mr. Bond, you derive just as much pleasure from killing as I do."

(Impression of Roger Moore as James Bond)

Steve, Rob: "I'll have a vodka martini, shaken, not stirred. I want it now. Don't make me wait"

Steve: "When I kill, I kill for queen and country."

(Liam Neeson impression)

Steve: "If you let her go then that will be the end of it. But if you don't, i will hunt you down, I will find you, and I will kill you."


- Ray Winstone

- Stephen Hawking

- Sean Connery as James Bond

- Roger Moore as James Bond

- Christopher Lee in The Man With the Golden Gun

- Pierce Brosnan as James Bond

- Liam Neeson in Taken

- Anthony Hopkins

- Al Pacino

- Jack Lemmon

- Richard Gere in a costume drama

- Ken Bruce, a British broadcaster

- Hugh Grant

Miscellaneous references

William Wordsworth

Christy Moore, Bobby Moore, Dudley Moore, Roger Moore, Kenneth Moore

Warren Beatty, Steven Seagal, Charles Grodin


"Wuthering Heights" by Kate Bush

Season 1 Episode 3 Holbeck Ghyll

(In the voice of Al Pacino)

Rob: "There's method in my madness!"

(in the voice of Richard Burton quoting Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

Rob: "In Xanadu did Kubla Khan. A stately pleasure-dome decree: Where Alph, the sacred river, ran. Through caverns measureless to man. Down to a sunless sea."

Steve: "I'm very impressed there. You shocked me. Cos I would of thought you would've preferred Olivia Newton-John's version of Xanadu."

Rob: "I think both Newton-John and Coleridge tackled the subject of Xanadu with varying degrees of success."

(Steve is aggravated by Rob's impressions)

Steve: "You can't treat your entire life like a Radio 4 panel show."

Rob: "Bzzzz, yes you can."

(Steve reflects on life)

Steve: "Everything's exhausting when you're past 40. Everything's exhausting at our age."


- Anthony Hopkins

- Al Pacino

- Sean Connery

- Wallace from Wallace & Gromit

- James Mason

- Alan Bennett

- A Liverpudlian

- Steven Gerrard

- Small man in a box

- A Welshman

Miscellaneous references

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Joseph Mallord William Turner

Olivia Newton-John, Paul McCartney, Cliff Richard, Neil Young

Neil Armstrong, Alex James, Benny Hill, Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Jimmy Saville, Trevor Eve

British TV Series: Softly Softly (1966) (TV Series), Follyfoot (1971) (TV Series), Holby City (1999) (TV Series), I'm Alan Partridge (1997) (TV Series)


"Morningtown Ride" by The Seekers

Season 1 Episode 4 Hipping Hall

(Discussing the English countryside)

Rob: "You could have a costume drama here, couldn't you?
Steve: "I would love-I'd absolutely-I'd just love to do a costume drama in these hills, leaping, vaulting over dry stone walls with a scabbard, with that dead look in my eyes, 'cause I've seen so many horrors that I'm sort of immune to it, and they always say something like, "Gentlemen, to bed! Gentlemen, to bed, for we leave at first light. Tomorrow we battle, and we may lose our lives. But remember: death is but a moment. Cowardice is a lifetime of affliction."
Rob: "Nice."
Steve: "To bed, for we rise at daybreak!"
Rob: "Very good. Very impressive."
Steve: "But they always, they always leave at daybreak. They never leave at, you know, nine-thirty. "Gentlemen to bed, for we leave at nine-thirty!"
Steve: "Ish." "Gentlemen to bed, for we rise at... What time is the battle? About, oh, twelve o'clock? Twelve o'clock. How is it on horseback, about three hours? So we leave about eight, eight-thirty?"
Rob: "Eight-thirty for nine. "
Steve: "Gentlemen, to bed! For we leave at eight-thirty for nine. And we rise at just after daybreak. Seven-thirty, so just after daybreak. Gentlemen to bed, for we leave at nine-thirty on the dot. On the dot."
Rob: "Do you want to have a run, sire, in the morning? Just to loosen up, sire."
Steve: "Yes."
Rob: "You know the other thing they never say is, "Right! Well! We'd better make a move. I want to get back in daylight. We'd better make a move."
Steve: "To bed! Tomorrow we rise! We leave at ten-ish."

(Discussing rising at daybreak)

Steve: "Sleep well my brother. Sleep well my sister. But please do not sleep with my sister."

Rob: "Leave my sister out of it, alright."

Steve: "Leave my sister alone."

Rob: "Don't touch her."

(Still discussing daybreak)

Steve: "Gentlemen to bed! For at daybreak I will breakfast."
Rob: "Sire, sire! Tis a continental breakfast. Will only take twenty minutes max."


- Actors in a costume drama

- Liam Neeson in Rob Roy

- Billy Connolly in a costume drama

- Ronnie Corbett

- Bruce Forsyth, British presenter

- Bruno Tonioli

- Arnold Schwarzenegger

- Michael Caine

- Al Pacino

- Anthony Hopkins

- Antonio Banderas

- Manchego Cheese, a fictional Spanish actor

- Hugh Grant

Miscellaneous references

James Boswell & Samuel Johnson

Don Quixote & Sancho Panza

The character "Heathcliff" from the novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I'm Alan Partridge (1997) (TV Series), Top Gear (2002) (TV Series)


"Delilah" by Tom Jones

Season 1 Episode 5 The Yorke Arms

(Steve talking to his girlfriend)

Steve: "You know where I am right now? I'm in a field. It's a very beautiful field, it's really gorgeous, but it's, you know I can't really enjoy it. I'm with a short Welsh man who does impressions."

(In the voice of a Bond villain quoting an Abba song)

Rob: "The winner takes it all, Mr. Bond. Come, Come, Mr. Bond, the winner takes it all. Come, come, Mr. Bond, you enjoy playing your cards just as much as I do."

(In the voice of Roger Moore)

Rob: "When I play my cards, I play for Benny and Bjorn."


- Al Pacino

- The sonar of a submarine

- Bond villain

- Roger Moore as James Bond

- Wallace from Wallace & Gromit

- The Chef from The Muppets

- Colonel Hans Landa from Inglourious Basterds

- Richard Burton

- Michael Sheen as David Frost

- Dustin Hoffman

- Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther

- Peter Sellers as Hrundi V. Bakshi in The Party

- A small man in a box

- Woody Allen

- Les Dawson channeling Woody Allen

Miscellaneous references

Don Quixote

William Wordsworth

Elizabeth Taylor, Oliver Reed

The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)

The Pink Panther (1963), The Party (1968)


"Classic" by Adrian Gurvitz

"The Winner Takes It All" by Abba

Season 1 Episode 6 The Angel at Hetton

(In the voice of Woody Allen, Sean Connery and Michael Caine)

"I used to daydream constantly as a kid, growing up in New York. I never thought that I'd become a great comedian."

"Whereas I, when I was growing up in Edinburgh, you know, before I became Commander James Bond, for me, I was quite withdrawn also."

"I, on the other hand, grew up in the East End of London and all I ever wanted to do was blow the bloody doors off."

(Steve and Rob compete to see how many octaves they can sing)

Rob: "Come, come, Mr. Bond, you enjoy singing an octave just as much as I do."

Steve: "When I sing an octave up, I sing it for queen and country."

Steve, Rob: "Although I admit, singing an octave up with you would be a pleasure."


- Ian McKellen

- Small man in a box

- Tom Jones

- Bond villain

- Small man in a box (again)

- Hugh Grant

- Woody Allen

- Sean Connery

- Michael Caine

- Ronnie Corbett

- Hugh Grant (again)

Miscellaneous references

I'm Alan Partridge (1997) (TV Series), Cranford (2007) (TV Series)

Dustin Hoffman

Dvorak's New World Symphony

"Should I Stay Or Should I Go" by The Clash


"The Winner Takes It All" by Abba

"The Departure" by Michael Nyman (From Michael Nyman: The Piano Sings)

The Trip to Italy (2014)

The Trip to Italy (2014)



charliecrews38 (author) from Melbourne, Australia on August 14, 2014:

cool, no worries, wow i just assume everyone in england knows and loves the trip, wrongly I guess, it's one of my all-time favourite tv series/movies, i just love the impersonations, banter and one-upmanship, I highly recommend it, i'm still amazed that it's all improvised

Thomas Swan from New Zealand on August 14, 2014:

Thanks for introducing this to me. I hadn't heard of it before. Some great videos too. Seems like they're having a bit of an ego-measuring contest! I don't think it will translate to the US, but they'll probably like it in New York at least.

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