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One of the funniest parts of the the Tristam Shandy adaptation, A Cock and Bull Story, that Michael Winterbottom directed in 2006 was the strange partnership between the stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Or should I say 'Steve Coogan' and 'Rob Brydon', because in the movie the two actors played rivalrous versions of themselves, complete with fake partners, backgrounds, etc, that are close but don't really match up to the real things:
Strangely, four years on, BBC2 has decided to get Winterbottom, Coogan and Brydon together again for a six-part comedy series that sees 'Brydon' and 'Coogan' visiting restaurants around the country to review them for The Observer food magazine, while recreating the same chemistry they had during A Cock and Bull Story. It's a near-the-knuckle, moderately funny, occasionally hilarious piece that's as much drama as comedy.