Daily Archives: 10/04/2014

More sober role-modelling on TV!

I’m a fan of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon and so was delighted when their series ‘The Trip to Italy’ started.

steve cooganThis is the BBC’s synopsis of the first episode:

Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan are asked by The Observer to do another series of restaurant reviews. The pair have six meals in six different places on a road trip around Italy.

They begin in Piemonte at the Trattoria Della Posta before stopping at Byron’s house in Genova on their way to the Cenobio dei Dogi in Camogli. Steve is on hiatus from his American series and isn’t drinking, while Rob is looking to unwind during his time away from his young family.

In the opening restaurant scene when the waitress goes to pour him wine, after serving Rob, Steve shares that he won’t be drinking on the trip as he gave up drinking 9 months ago!  I was really pleased by this change to the story line and Rob is suitably surprised by this disclosure.  One of the big things that people say is how can you enjoy a meal without a nice glass of wine, and in this case Italian wine?  This series will show and disprove this need 🙂

It is very funny and if you’d like to watch it you can do so here.

The only downside is that it is Steve’s on-screen persona that has given up not him in real life as in an interview with the Huffington Post it is reported that:

Rob Brydon admits that he and Steve Coogan were “completely p***ed” for quite a bit of time on the idyllic set of the second series of The Trip.

At least it is role modelled for others to see on TV even if it isn’t quite backed up in real life 😉

Edited to add: 17/04/2014 Bugger – just watching second episode in which he starts drinking alcohol again at lunchtime.  Oh well – it lasted one episode sigh

Edited to add: 07/10/2015 Steve Coogan interview here quoted saying:

Is life without alcohol as shit as it looks? (John Higgins)

No. I’ve got to the stage now where I’m comfortable enough in my own skin to be able to make small talk when I’m completely sober. What happens is, everyone’s fun until about 11 o clock, wherever you are, and when they start to get boring and repetitive because they’re getting progressively more drunk and that’s when you go. I go home early now. I don’t think, ‘This is really rubbish,’ I’m just thinking, ‘I want to go home. I like the idea of going home.’ If you’ve got a drink in your hand, even boring people can be somewhat interesting. As long as you find interesting people, you don’t need a drink.

Read further excerpts from his new autobiography, Easily Distracted here:

Steve Coogan: ‘It took me a long time to face up to my addiction’