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’




6 thoughts on “More sober role-modelling on TV!

  1. now that is brilliant 🙂 haven’t watched the episode (though I love the series) yet partly out of resistance to the usual shots of them sitting at restaurant tables with goldfish bowls of wine in front of them…. it may even get some conversations going in viewers’ homes. hurrah!

  2. Going to try to see this Lucy as it is not something I have tuned in to. Have to say I’m not convinced – if it is his onscreen persona (ie the one providing the entertainment) that is teetotal then it may not have quite the same impact, but at least it is a start. I often wonder how you have the time to find out all this stuff – you never seem to stop for a breath!! Love your blog xxx

    1. A start – as you say 🙂 Just keep my eyes peeled and I now have a pretty sharp sober/alcohol *ooh that would make a good blog post* antenna! xx

  3. I think there should be more sober role modeling on TV. TV portrays drinking like it used to portray smoking; sophisticated and glamorous! Today it is quite the opposite. Perhaps drinking will someday follow the same route. 3 days into saying Adios to alcohol. I’m feeling great and very mindful of “working my own program.” TY for providing this site/support.

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