I published a blog post a while ago with my favourite US Road Trip movies, but when it comes to listing British Road Trip films, that is far harder. But here’s my attempt:
4. Radio On (1979)
Shot in black and white by Wim Wenders’ assistant cameraman Martin Schäfer and featuring music from a number of new wave bands from the time, as well as established artists such as Kraftwerk, Devo and David Bowie. It is a journey through late seventies Britain by way of a road trip from London to Bristol, with Robert, a DJ (played by David Beames) attempting to investigate the suicide of his brother.
3. The Trip (2010)
The TV series with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. So desperate are we for good road trips that we had to accept this as a “film”, but it is excellent. Coogan and Brydon are hilarious, the countryside beautiful and the food looks delicious.
2. Coast to Coast (1987)
Two men, Ritchie Lee (Lenny Henry) and John Carloff (John Shea), team up to start a mobile soul disco by converting an old ice cream van for their work. Wonderful Motown soundtrack, some very funny bits and a great supporting cast from actors such as Peter Vaughan, Pete Postlethwaite and Cherie Lunghi.
1. Sightseers (2012)
A dark and very funny comedy where the ‘hero’ Chris, takes his girlfriend on a trip around the UK but a ‘dream caravan holiday’ does not turn out to be such a dream. Definitely black in its humour and a dark ending not to be forgotten.
31/10/17: And an honourable mention to Channel 4’s new series, The End of the F***ing World – a road trip by 2 disillusioned teenagers. Excellent viewing.
The Three Peaks Challenge
If this inspires you to combine your own road trip with some serious hiking, then you could consider the Three Peaks Challenge – in which case, we have some t-shirts which might complement your trip!