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Slightly weaker dose of a winning formula
on 29 January 2018
This is certainly good fun, being more of the same re the highly entertaining first series. Whilst Brydon and Coogan are essentially as they were previously, there's a slight change in the chemistry which, whilst as volatile and humourous as before, finds Brydon's 'mojo' waxing as Coogan's wanes, in stark contrast to the first series.
The landscapes are beautiful, and the food looks pretty amazing - but I have the same mixed feelings about such ultra-precious foodie posing - and there are a number of beautiful women on hand to leaven the boyish banter of the central duo a little, and provide some yin to their yang (or is it vice versa?). And of course the ladies also provide opportunities for the boys to have fun disgracing themselves. Only as mentioned before, this time it's Brydon who's the, ahem, coxswain.
As funny as this is, and it's often laugh out loud funny, it didn't quite hold my attention as much as the previous series. Still, it's light-hearted stuff for the most part; it doesn't have to demand too much of the viewer. So dipping in and out of it can still work. Winterbottom and his 'indomitable duo' clearly have a winning formula here. But this second outing is a slightly weaker dose.