Rob Brydon: ‘The Trip isn’t reality – it’s all performance’

Rob Brydon has insisted comedy travel series The Trip isn’t a realistic reflection of himself and Steve Coogan.

The Gavin and Stacey comic actor and the Alan Partridge star played fictional version of themselves in their Bafta-winning BBC series directed by Michael Winterbottom in which they embarked on a restaurant review tour of the north of England.

Rob said: “It’s all a performance. I think a lot of people thought with the last one that it was some kind of reality show.

“But it is a performance and it’s constructed. The story is all written and then we just fill in stuff around that.

“It’s a great way to work. It’s quite intense when you’re doing it because you work short but full days, but great fun.”

The Welsh actor has just completed filming on the second series. He said: “We went to Italy and we travelled all around and ate a lot of great food, went to some beautiful restaurants and quarrelled with each other. That’s the long and the short of it.”