Sequel: Whitewell and Malhamdale

As a sequel (or a second series) goes, I’m not sure many studios would have given this one a green light. A long time overdue and much anticipated, if only in my mind, I have finally returned to the North; but it’s a more understated derivative effort this time around. In the intervening three years […]

Holbeck Ghyll

One of the if not glaring omissions of The Trip is that, with the exception of episode 6, The Angel at Hetton, they don’t do breakfast. Or that if they do it isn’t seen or mentioned. Not so on our version. The delicious breakfast at Greta Hall kept coming. Pancakes, kippers, eggs, salmon, fruit salad […]

Cartmel and Greta Hall

From now on The Trip gets a little truncated. I have never been good at maths but I know that six into four won’t go. Some divergence from canon is necessary. So today began at Bashall Eaves in earshot of Whitewell. Over a full Irish breakfast (white pudding apparently) we learned that our journey was […]

The Inn at Whitewell

With the best intentions of leaving at 40 minutes earlier, it will come of no surprise to any who know us well that we pulled away at 9.10am. Slipping with remarkable ease through the Surrey rush hour, it’s fair to say that scenes of us fiddling with USB cables at traffic lights and trying to […]

The Trip: setting off

I suppose the idea began the first time I saw The Trip, inasmuch as it started from an idle thought  along the lines of “I’d like to do that one day”. The first time I saw it was on its first airing in the UK, on BBC2, back in the autumn of 2010. Life was different […]