Monday, 08 February 2016

Comedy stars get a taste of the Lakes for latest TV show

COMEDY stars Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan stayed at a South Lakeland hotel while filming their latest TV show.

STAR APPEAL: TV funnymen Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have shot a comedy series in the Lakes called The Trip. Pictured l to r: Steve Coogan, Lisa Leahy, Stephen Leahy, Rob Brydon, Vicky Monk and Colin Monk

The funnymen stayed at the Holbeck Ghyll Hotel, Ambleside, while they were in the Lake District shooting their latest comedy series, The Trip.

The programme, thought to be a comedy skit, is to be shown on the BBC later this year.

It follows the comics around the Lake District and Yorkshire as they review restaurants.

Mr Brydon wrote on his internet blog that he and Mr Coogan play “loose versions of themselves”.

Among the eateries the star duo ‘review’ is Holbeck Ghyll’s very own Michelin Star restaurant.

Among the extras were Stephen and Lisa Leahy, who recently bought Holbeck Ghyll; Colin and Vicky Monk, owners of the Howbeck and Windermere Suites, and Pete and Jo Harris, who own Windermere Wine Stores.

Mr Coogan, 44, best known for his role as Alan Partridge, said: “It’s Rob Brydon and me going around as ourselves reviewing restaurants.

“It’s not about a character assassination of restaurants – they’ve all signed up.

“It’s about restaurant celebrities and their fashion-grabbing with food. I’m playing myself – not really knowing what I’m doing, and the fact is that I don't really know what I’m doing.”

Mr Brydon, famous for characters such as Gavin and Stacey’s Uncle Bryn, revealed on his internet blog that he gained weight on his Lake District trip – because the food was so good.

He wrote: “Four weeks of filming in some of the best restaurants in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales has left me 8lbs heavier – 8lbs! A whole baby.

“This new delivery of fat has been deposited almost exclusively to my belly, or as I call it, the meat packing district.

“This means that friends react to the news with disbelief until they see that I’m only sitting comfortably thanks to loosening my belt and undoing my trousers.

“Indeed, as I write this I’m wearing my hiking trousers, the only ones that make me feel like I’m not playing the lead in The Last Days of Elvis.

“I’m now back to the gym and eating less (the filming necessitated eating each meal three times to accommodate different camera angles etc) than I was, so hopefully I’ll soon be back to my old lithe and sexy self.”

Mark Thomas, spokesman for the hotel, said: “They actually came back and stayed again after they had finished shooting, so we assume they enjoyed themselves.”

Have your say

@ red white and blue - at what point was this article turned into a political debate? Why are you bringing labour into a light hearted article?

Posted by Interested Party on 21 April 2010 at 14:21

dont know for sure but i,d imagine they are all labour supporters just like the rest of thesocalled comedians on the beeb

Posted by red white and blue on 20 April 2010 at 17:01

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