It’s the fourth and apparently final outing for Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan and Michael Winterbottom – the George Martin to Steve and Rob’s John and Paul. Once again, the result is a series of gorgeous backdrops for Rob and Steve to needle each other and do their impressions. If you didn’t like the original Trip from 2010, then it’s unlikely you’ll be watching The Trip to Greece – not much has changed other than the landscape.
The Trip is so meta as to be unfathomable at times – when, if ever, do we glimpse the real Coogan and Brydon? In this series, Coogan seems more lighthearted, giggling at more of Brydon’s wit, even while the arc of the series leads to a darker ending. The final 10 minutes or so of the last episode have barely any dialogue – especially compared to the incessant talking over each other that we are used to. This makes for a stark and powerful end to what has been a glorious television project. If you like this sort of thing, then it’s a 9/10. If you don’t, then it probably barely scrapes a two. For me, it’s definitely a nine. 9/10