Lines on an Autumnal Evening

“Scenes of my Hope! the aching eye ye leave Like yon bright hues that paint the clouds of eve! Tearful and saddening with the sadden’d blaze Mine eye the gleam pursues with wistful gaze” (Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1793) This time last year (pretty much), as I write this, we were just pulling in to the […]

The Trip to Spain: first look

As Michael Nyman’s familiar melancholy notes accompany the rolling credits, I have already begun forming a kind of review in my head. I’m not really in the habit of reviewing anything to be honest. That much is clear from my ham-fisted attempts at critiquing the food on our Trip last year. However, it seems remiss […]

The Trip 2017: where next?

As the dust settles and the bright autumnal days descend into a more wintry gloaming, the only remedy is to start planning the sequel. It won’t be Italy, or Spain. As discussed in my earlier post, Italy is a less achievable facsimile. And Spain, the destination of the completed but un-aired third series, is entirely […]

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 […]