Being a complete novice in the art of reviewing food (although I do like to give it a bash) and being partial to a good comedy show I was very excited when my good friend Coll alerted me to BBC 2’s new six part comedy series starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Not only are these guys big favourites of mine in the comedy arena but the whole concept of their new show excited me, it was about their road trip round the North of England reviewing restaurants for the Observer (comedy + food = what more could I ask for?)
Steve and Rob play themselves, although perhaps a little loosely, in this new show, which is just two episodes in. Steve has been asked by the Observer to review some fine dining restaurants in the North of England and when his girlfriend backs out and none of his other friends will oblige he calls on Rob Brydon to be his partner in crime. The two characters are not exactly the best of friends but have worked together and that’s pretty much it and thus the trip commences surrounded by humour as their “friendship” is tested and their food reviewing skills are probably not far off mine, slightly unrefined!
What I love about this show is it’s mostly improvised which makes it even funnier and a more intriguing a comedy show. Shot around the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales and being set within apparently some of the best restaurants in the area it’s certainly a good advert for the area and its offering in fine dining.
Whether or not you are familiar with these comedians, you won’t be disappointed; they are at their best in this “off the cuff” dig at restaurant reviewing.
If you haven’t caught it yet, it’s on Mondays, BBC 2 at 10pm, or check it out on BBC iplayer www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00vsvv5/episodes/player