The Trip defects to Sky Atlantic with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon

BBC2 lose out as comedians head to Spain

The Trip stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon
We're all off to sunny Spain (and Sky Atlantic) Steve Coogan has just heard Rob Brydon do his small man in a box impression. Image Picture Tim P Whitby/Getty Images

Sky Atlantic have poached Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s hilarious travelogue spoof The Trip.

The first two series were shown on BBC2, but The Trip To Spain will be aired on Sky Atlantic after filming starts later this year. It’s again directed by Michael Winterbottom, who has helmed films such as 24 Hour Party People and A Cock And Bull Story.

The Trip To Spain sees the pair play fictionalised versions of themselves as they journey around six Spanish locations, supposedly to write restaurant reviews for The Observer. The featured regions are Cantabria, Aragon, Rioja, Andalusia, Castille La Mancha and the Basque country.

Coogan said: “Having thought long and hard about yet another sojourn into culinary distractions and middle age, I have reluctantly agreed to Eviva Espana.

“I have a hole in my diary, there will be free food and accommodation and Rob Brydon is surprisingly good company. I also like Michael.”

Winterbottom added: “It’s been more than three years since the last Trip, and travelling with Rob and Steve is always enjoyable. So it seemed like a good idea to go on another journey together – before they get too old.”

Sky Atlantic admitted they were delighted to land the show’s third series, after working with Coogan on bringing Alan Partridge back to TV with Mid Morning Matters.

The second series of Mid Morning Matters starts tomorrow on Sky Atlantic at 10pm.

Channel director Zai Bennett said: “The Trip is as close to perfection as you get in comedy. It’s a rare chance to watch comic masters, totally authoring their work with creative freedom. It’s an absolutely perfect fit for Sky Atlantic.

“We are very happy to ensure that this award-winning comedy will continue building on the channel’s relationships with Steve, Rob and Revolution Films, showcasing our continued investment in top-flight original comedy.”

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Loaded’s deputy editor John Earls has covered entertainment and sport across a range of national newspapers, plus several football and music magazines, since 1990. Follow him on Twitter at @EarlsJohn

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