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      12.06.2010 17:46
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      Interesting, but repetitive

      I heard about this before but never watched it, but given this has been a slightly boring afternoon, I decided to tune in to see what it was all about, and was genuinely surprised to see I enjoyed it!

      In Basically the premise of the show involved seven pairs of people on a coach trip around Europe and everyday they have a vote. The couple with the most votes get a yellow card; the next time they get the most votes, they'll get a red card and get sent home, with another couple replacing them.

      What makes this show entertaining are the characters that we get, the way they mix and the results of the vote. For example, the way the old couples seem to hate on the younger lads and the backstabbing we can see through their interviews. Most of the voting is seems to be random, with only a select few couples giving (in my opinion) a satisfactory reason for voting them off. Of course there will be tactical voting and manipulation during the day...

      Minus the social interactions and reality aspect of the show, it could definitely be classed as a holiday programme, with the destinations made to look very attractive... but also in a realistic light- compare to those real holiday shows which seem to be really "fake".

      I think the concept of the show is interesting but there can be a lot of improvement. For example, the couples that are on the show need to be refined. Whilst it is good to have a good mix, some people are just too ordinary and boring, whilst others are outgoing, but not given the companions to stir it out of them... and sorry for being ageist, but there shouldn't be too many old people on there... they don't do enough to stir drama!!!

      With each episode corresponding to a day of the trip, each season lasts 30 episodes, with the fourth season being 50 episodes long! That's a 6-10 week long show, and given its shown everyday, that's a lot of watching, and perhaps something to grow tired of too. The narrator and tour guide are slightly annoying, although they are doing their best... I would personally replace them but I'm sure some people will like them.

      Overall, it is an interesting show that I have grown to enjoy, but it isn't one that you can watch non-stop... you can grow tired of it... when the couples you like get voted off, sometimes there aren't other ones to root for and watch, therefore putting me off... However, given it's a "day time Tv" show, where there usually aren't many things to watch, this is pretty good. Check it out for yourself!!!

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        09.05.2010 22:57
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        BIG BROTHER ON WHEELS.

        My 84 year old granny is hysterical. She loves the television with a particular fondness for reality programmes. She has introduced me to quite a few shows, but I have to say she really got quite animated when explaining her new televisual find. This show was Coach Trip and having watched it quite a few times, I can't really say I share my grans enthusiasm for this show. However there is something quite addictive about this show which makes it unmissable.

        Coach trip is shown on weekday afternoons on channel 4. It follows couples who have entered the show in order to travel around various locations in Europe. The coach trip lasts for 6 weeks. Obviously the longer you stay on the trip the more destinations you will get to see and the more experiences you will indulge in.

        Now there is one problem. Each couple have to take it in turns to nominate another couple to be sent home. This is a little like Big brother in some respects, with couples nominating for anothers departure. However the rather cringeworthy part of this show is that the nominations take place in group form with all couples hearing each others nominations.

        Brendan is the coach courier. It is safe to say that Brendan makes Louis spence look butch. He is so camp, he is quite provocative in his personality. He condones bitchiness while gently stirring trouble and planting suspicious seeds in participants minds. I have to admit, I do not find Brendan warm or genuine. I think he is very bitchy and a real drama queen.

        It is Brendan's role within the show, to conduct the voting and hand out yellow and red cards which signify which couple has to go home. As you can imagine the fact that all the contestants are living together in such close proximity, coupled with the fact that they have to vote another couple off results in a fair lot of arguments and bitchiness.

        There was even a fight on the show a few weeks back, where a bloke was really wound up by a young lad and took a swing for him on the bus!! classic tv. (my gran loved this!!) Watching Brendan's reactions to these goings on is hysterical. To assert authority in such an infeminate way is priceless.

        Every day sees a different location within a particular region. This is where the second element of the show kicks in to place. This part of the show is very informative in respects to the destinations and gives the viewer a good insight into the regions visited. Also Brendan will always set up an activity for the group to participate in. This can again lead to fireworks as multiple personalities clash. A typical example of an activity or 'excurtion' would be a trip around a chocolate factory where the group get to make some confectionary.

        This show, has a lot of dimentions which in turn makes it compulssive viewing. It is great to see how people react when met with a couple who are totally different to them. Backstabbing and nasty in parts this show is deliciously juicy. I could never enter this show I would end up loosing the plot with all the wierd personalities on board.

        I would certainly recommend you have a watch of this show. It is highly entertaining and although it lacks maturity and sophistication is incredibly indulging. It is like an episode of Jeremy Kyle in that you don't want to watch it and it makes you cringe but you just can't help it. If it's good enough for my Gran then it's good enough for me!!

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          09.05.2010 17:30
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          Camp Coach Tripping

          This is a strange programme all in all. Narrated by the excellent comedy writer David Quantick, we follow a set of couples on a coach, the twist in our reality obsessed times is that at the end of each leg of the coach journey one couple is voted off of the coach and a new couple replace them.

          The show is on Channel 4 on weekday afternoons and there is an edition on More 4 on Sunday afternoons where they show 4 or 5 episodes one after the other.

          The show is actually quite nice in a chilled out way, the couples are generally older couples looking for a break or younger couples knowingly going on their because it is a cult television show.

          I think if you were to go on it, it could be very rewarding as people have the opportunity to travel around Europe, seeing cities with an informative and incredibly camp guide in Brendan.

          The show generally shows the group having a day of fun, today they have been enjoying painting with a Greek guide who took a fancy to Brendan and have also enjoyed a mud bath. The show is good fun, filled with people who are either nice or a bit boring, it doesn't have the cut throat nature of Come Dine with Me or Big Brother.

          I would recommend this show to a range of people its good enough for older people and younger people and is a good crack.

          It appeals in the same way as the sitcom 'Benidorm' its a good laugh showing Brits in all forms trying to enjoy themselves and it does become a bit addictive after a while!

          I like the show in a gentle way, people row about Cliff Richard or how bored they are rather than have real antagonistic quarrels so its enjoyable without being aggressively so.

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            05.05.2010 15:29
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            A good programme, but nothing special.

            While off on bank holiday Monday (my husband had to work), I found that there wasn't a huge amount to watch and ended up watching a couple of episodes of this.

            I think it is usually on channel 4, but I was watching it on a different channel (I can't remember which one).

            It is a half hour programme, which consists of couples of people on a coach trip around Europe. The people on the coach have to vote each day for their least favourite couple and the people with the most votes get a yellow card, and then if a couple gets 2 yellow cards during their trip, they have to leave and go home.

            I think the best bit about this programme for me is actually seeing the places they visit, but what is also entertaining is watching how some people react to each other, and some of them simply don't understand how privileged they are to be in certain areas.

            There are a lot of crossed words and arguments through out the programme, which sometimes seem a little petty, why people can't just enjoy seeing some of the amazing places they visit is beyond me. However there was one man on it the other day who was a fully grown man on the trip with his son, and everywhere he went he took a teddy called freddie. Freddie seemed persistent to sit on other people's shoulders and had to be shown everything that the people saw. This did seem slightly psychotic to me and he definitely would have got my vote.

            The people on the trip also have a tour operator named Brandon, who's knowledge of every single place they visit is immense. He also doesn't stand for much nonsense and is sometimes a tad camp, but his interaction with some of the more annoying characters certainly makes me laugh.

            This is one of those programmes that I don't go out of my way to watch, but sometimes if there is nothing else on, it's worth a go. The structure is fairly simple and seeing some of the places they visit is quite interesting.

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            18.04.2010 08:50
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            An excellent show offering up holiday ideas whilst being an interesting show

            Coach trip is one of my favourite shows on tv at the minute with it being programmed in my planner for both the first showing and then the repeat just incase there is any problem with the recording not working properly but what is it all about?

            Coach trip sees a coach of people from the uk going out across the world in a travel come reality show. The people who are on the show are as pairs (be that couples, best friends, parent and child, etc) and during the show their aim is to stay on the coach trip as long as they can to experience as much as possible.
            Overseeing all activities and trips is the coaches tour guide Brendan (shown in picture) and he has a very hard job as it is not always guaranteed that people will be able to get on so it is all down to Brendan to ensure that he can cut down on too much tension causing problems.
            The format is simple. Travel around the world (mainly Europe but also into Asia and Africa on occassions) and each day at the end of the day have a vote where each pairing voting for another pairing to leave the show. The ones with the most votes get awarded a yellow card and if this happens again it becomes a red card which means the people leave the coach trip to be replaced by another pair.
            The reason for the formats simplicity working is that their are so many different people to contend wih in terms of personalities, humour style, etc and so it is interesting to watch relationships build up or deteriorate but also to see cliques form and strategic voting get worked out is intriguing.

            Never seen it? Give it a go and you might find you like it.

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              13.04.2010 22:12
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              well worth a watch

              I first saw Coach Trip on television a couple of years ago and my impression of it then was quite different from what it is now. I remember watching about half of an episode and eventually turned over the channel because I found the tour guide Brendan very irritating and the tourists seemed very argumentative, but in quite a dull way. Needless to say I wasn't very impressed!

              It would appear that my initial opinion of the show was in fact incorrect because the show is going from strength to strength at the moment and is currently in its fourth series. It was originally launched in March 2005 and the trips during the first three series lasted for thirty days and had thirty episodes. This year's series is over fifty days and has fifty episodes. The show is aired at 5pm on Channel 4 every weekday and lasts for thirty minutes an episode.

              The premise of the show is simple, a coach basically takes a bunch of tourists on a coach trip (hence the title). There are fourteen tourists on the bus at any one time, made up of seven couples. At the end of each episode there is a vote in which each couple have to choose another couple whom they believe should leave the coach trip and give their reasons for this. A new edition to this series is the football style yellow and red card system. In order for a couple to be eliminated they are first shown a yellow card, this means that if they have the most votes again they get a red card and have to leave the coach! I feel this works better, as in previous series the voting system has seemed rather unfair at times. New arrivals to the coach are exempt from other votes, but can vote themselves; rather controversial if you ask me.

              I must admit that I do enjoy the show because tour guide Brendan Sheerin is a good laugh and is very knowledgeable, there are some likeable tourists and the activities can be quite amusing. For example the episode where the tourists were asked to do a bungee jump was very entertaining. This series has seen the coach visit some lovely places as it snakes its way across Europe into North Africa and West Asia. Another interesting aspect of the show is the hairy roads which driver of the coach Paul Donald has to negotiate, he always seems to make it and at every destination receives a warm round of applause from the tourists onboard. The only negative thing I can think of is when each episode reaches the voting stage and couples vote for people because they haven't had the chance to speak with them much. I feel this is a lame excuse to vote somebody off the show and is a real cop out. I think they should ban this as it would make the vote far more interesting if couples were made to give proper reasons and ruffle a few feathers!

              If you would like more information on the show then you can visit the shows website:
              www.channel4.com/programmes/coach-trip

              Thanks for reading, feel free to comment.

              Beanie8844.

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                12.04.2010 00:37
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                A brilliant show worth watching for Brendon's one liners if nothing else

                I LOVE Coach Trip!!! On a particuarly bad day in work the thought of this programme bursting onto my screen at 5 O'Clock is the only thing that gets me through the day. It's not the kind of thing I would usually watch but with it's weird mixture of fun, excitement, anarchy and bitchiness I have to admit that I'm hooked on it.

                The premise for the show is essentially that of a group of people (7 couples in total) going on a coach holiday through Europe, Asia and the Mediterannean. It doesn't sound particularly exciting but these people are all complete strangers and at the end of each day they have to choose another couple to vote off the coach, giving full and frank reasons for their choice.

                The couples on board the coach are generally of mixed ages and genders. They can comprise of friends, siblings, husband and wife or boyfriend and girlfriend. One of the more memorable combinations of late was a lady who was on the trip with her daughter's boyfriend. It seems they had managed to overlook the fact that they would be sharing a room in the hotels that they stopped at (as per the show's rules) so this produced some very awkward and amusing moments indeed.

                Each day the members of the coach visit a new location and take on two different activies which have been prearranged by the tour guide, Brendon. (More on this little gem later!) These activities have ranged from the weird to the wonderful. Trippers have been able to go abseiling, water skiing, bungee jumping, hiking and white water rafting. They have also endured visiting a mustard factory, a paper factory and cow milking. As you can see, this is a pretty diverse range which ensures every show is different and unpredictable.

                Now then, back to the lovely Brendon. What a gentleman! He's lovely! This long suffering tour guide is one of the campest guys on TV and has produced some cracking one liners. In a tongue in cheek way he often dismisses the other tour guides he comes across as rubbish due to them being 'local' guides, whilst he, of course, is 'international'. Either way, he has to put up with a lot from some of the people on the coach and always maintains his sense of humour. This guy is a legend and the show is worth watching simply to hear some pearls of wisdom from good old Brendon.

                At the end of each show is the vote and this is where the atmosphere can become fraught. While some people will vote off the couple they least get on with, others do it more tactically, forming alliances so that they can stay on the coach for longer. The couple with the most votes each evening get given a yellow card. Two yellow cards automatically become a red card and it's holders are unceremoniously evicted from the coach.

                This programme has very little intellectual merit and it doesn't really stimulate the old grey matter but at the end of a busy day it provides the most wonderful and entertaining escapism. People who are averse to reality TV in general should probably avoid this show as it applies many of the same principles as these other shows. But for those of you who quite enjoy indulging in a bit of harmless voyeurism it's a classic. Shown on weekdays at 5.00 on Channel 4 this is one not to miss!

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                  ** Summary **
                  The latest series of Coach trip (series 4) is currently being shown on Channel 4. This is a 30 minute documentary / reality show where 7 different British couples spend time touring Europe and staying in different countries throughout.

                  ** The Couples **
                  The couples always vary in relationship - from married couples, to friends, sisters and sometimes an odd paring such as son and mother-in-law! They always have a mix of different people on the coach at one time, in terms of age, gender, sexuality, class, region and personality - such as very loud, outgoing couples and some quiet, more serious ones. This keeps it interesting and can often cause sparks to fly!

                  ** The Show **
                  Each 30 minute show has the same format so this can become a bit monotonous but it does seem to work. At the start of each episode we get a quick recap on the couples and previous episode events so you could join the series at any time, it wouldn't be hard to catch-up!

                  There are cameras on the coach so you often see some of their journey and watch how people interact, how they choose to sit with etc. Then every episode has 2-3 different activities for the contestants. These really vary and can be as adventerous as bunjee jumping to a walk around a muesuem. A fair number of activities also centre around food or drink.

                  In one series they visit many different countries so it is always interesting to learn about new cultures and they can visit historical places of interest. I often find myself wanting to visit the places they show.

                  *** The Vote ***
                  At the end of each show, the couples vote for who they want to leave the coach. If there is a tie then they have to come to a decision about who should leave. At first couples get a yellow card but a second one results in a red card and they have to leave. This means new people are constanly being introduced which changes the dynamics of the group.

                  This also means that at times, alliances between couples are formed and some may vote tatically. I think some want to stay on as long as possible - well at the end of the day, it is a free holiday! The vote is often the most entertaining part of the show, with rows, tears and people often venting how they really feel - even if they have been polite all day!

                  *** The Host ***
                  Brendan keeps the whole show together. He often becomes involved in all the activities as well to comic results. He is very camp but does take his job quite seriously and likes to be a proper tour guide and tell them all many facts about each place they visit. Although he does remain objective - it is often clear who he likes and dislikes on the trip and he will step in if the arguments get out of hand.

                  *** Overall ***
                  A great programme overall. Often quite fun and not exactly taxing! It is on at 5pm but you can also watch this on 4OD - go to the Channel 4 website if you want to catch up on episodes.

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                    14.03.2010 12:05
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                    well worth watching

                    Pack your bags and head on a coach trip- now on series 4 , we follow the escapades of brits abroad in a travel/reality show.
                    please dont be put off if you have never seen it before, all episodes so far are on 4od, i tend to watch a block every week before the monday episode comes on.

                    the tour is a 30 day (in series 1-3) and 50 day (series 4) tour, with 1 day per episode, passengers have a vote at the end of the day and the least popular couple earns a yellow card- two yellow cards equals red card and they leave the tour.

                    Tour guide is camper than life Brendan Sheerin, a tour guide of 'many' years, he always has some sort of crisis to deal with, either some kind of passenger related ill health, confrontation between passengers, or part of the group embarrasing britain once more.

                    in terms of entertainment value series 1 was by far and away the best, series 2 was too much like series 1, the destinations were the same and the passengers were not as interesting. series 3 was a lot different, with totally new destinations and series 4 is nearly twice the length at 50 days and takes in parts of asia and africa later in the tour. series 4 also sees more young passengers, as young passengers were something of a minority in the earlier series, we have a 'young alliance' with half a dozen of the original passengers tactically voting, and various couples discovering the alliance exists.

                    well worth watching for a travel show with a twist

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                      Good entertainment for a lazy afternoon!

                      Coach Trip is currently being shown on Channel Four at 5 p.m. The premise of the show is that a coach full of British tourists travel around Europe and Asia. They join the coach in pairs (boyfriend and girlfriend, friends, it doesn't matter) and at the end of every day every couple votes for who they would like to see leave the trip. The couple with the most votes gets a yellow card, as a warning, and if they are voted for again they get a red card and are booted off, to be replaced by another couple.

                      Brendan is the tour guide, and he has his work cut out trying to keep the coach under control! The narrator is a bit cheeky, and pokes fun at whoever he can (think Come Dine With Me). I watched this show one day when there was nothing else on tv, and I've now become addicted! As well as getting a look at some of the beautiful (and not so beautiful) places the coach goes, I love seeing all the back-stabbing and gossiping that goes on. Its my guilty pleasure:)

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                        12.03.2010 23:24
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                        Coach Trip is another reality TV show. It is shown on Channel Four first and you may see it on other channels occasionally.

                        The idea behind the show is that there is a coach full of British tourists who go on holiday all around Europe. The passengers go in pairs and they might be husband and wife, best friends, boyfriend and girlfriend, boyfriend and boyfriend or something like mum and daughter. There are twelve pairs in total and the tour guide. Every day the coach arrives at a new place and they go around the place and take part in a couple of activities there. It might be going around a Swiss chocolate factory and another time they did some watersports and they will also see a couple of vaguely interesting places.

                        The catch is though that at the end of the day each pair gets to choose who to vote off. The pair which has the most votes then like football will receive a yellow card and if it is the second time they are voted the most get a red card. They are then replaced by a new pair. This is also not done secretly and in front of everyone. This is the bit of the show where things get a bit nastier and bitchy - not that much though to be honest. This is probably the bit most people like watching the most. There are all sorts of reasons people vote each other off - sometimes they are tactical and just vote off every new comer so they can stay longer and once someone voted someone else because they had body odour!

                        To be honest I don`t really watch this show very often and have maybe seen it 5 times! It is an alright show but there are many better.

                        However there probably are not many better at the time it is shown and it is vaguely interesting to watch if there is nothing better to do. The man who presents the show is a bit camp and tries to hog the camera a little as well.

                        Overall it is and alright TV show but nothing particularly great!

                        This review may appear on other sites under the names ns1209 and mariofan123.

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                          06.03.2010 12:04
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                          Part of the early evening viewing.

                          I was most annoyed when I turned the gogglebox on a few weeks expecting to see Mr Wogan's Total Recall only to discover that it had been booted off for a programme about a set of passengers on a coach.

                          I quite enjoyed the cerebral challenge and now instead I had this pile of nonsense to endure. With a sigh I settled down upon the settee and was sure it wouldn't be long before I hit the TV guide button and find something else to view at what is a pretty awful time of the day to find anything worth watching.

                          Imagine my surprise when I found that I actually watched this totally pointless programme and even more surprising is that it still takes up my viewing time.

                          For the uninitiated this series is about a chap called Brendan taking a group of passengers around Europe (and by the looks of things) eventually Africa. He is a rather camp individual and a joyful soul as he tries his best to keep his rabble of followers entertained whilst they find various things to do in random locations.

                          The premise sounds unbearingly dull and indeed it would be if not for one word: Cheating! The lengths to which some of the passengers will go to to ensure their survival is nauseating to say the least.

                          From what I've seen so far a group of young travellers soon hit on the idea of bandying together to form a treacherous alliance to prevent their removal. It is cringe worthy to see them systematically unite to stick the 'reality' boot into their oblivious victims who seem to suffer extreme myopia regarding their nefarious shenanigans.

                          The way the victims are decided is through a vote off system via a yellow and red card at the end of the day's trip. This is the moment when the cabal of forked tongues are at their worst as they explain their pathetic reasoning for voting off their chosen sacrifice.

                          The victims responses range from emotions of relief, anger, tearfulness and even violent rage (well almost). Ultimately though it does make for entertaining television for all the wrong reasons.

                          So would I recommend this programme? That is a tough question. At times you feel as if you're watching a baby seal getting stamped on by a heavy reality jackboot but feel compelled to watch. I think I keep watching as there's bugger all else on and secondly that I can't wait for the day when the little twerps to get their comeuppance. So yes, it is worth watching but if I'm to be honest I wished they'd have kept Total Recall on.

                          Hmm, it's time for one of those odes...

                          Oh dear Mr Wogan where have you gone?
                          Now I endure a programme that's just all wrong.
                          A gaggle of humans tossed on a bus,
                          And goodness me they make a bothersome fuss.

                          From country to country they sit and plot,
                          Ensuring the journey gets ever so hot,
                          Fisticuffs and rage, we've had it so far,
                          Bet some of these passengers wished for a car.

                          And so I pray the alliance will fall,
                          Then no more will they sit tall,
                          Until that happens there'll be no release,
                          And Brendan'll struggle to keep the peace.

                          And on that note this poem will end,
                          Beware of friends who are but pretend.

                          And on that note I bid you a hearty adieu :D

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                            27.02.2010 19:39
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                            See who makes it to the end of the coach trip!

                            The first series of this programme aired on Channel 4 a few years ago but it soon switched to one of the Sky Channels and I stopped watching it as a result. It has recently started again on Channel 4 and as I seem to recall it being quite an entertaining programme when it first aired, I decided to give it another go and see if it still held any appeal.

                            As I've highlighted in the introductory paragraph, I haven't viewed the last two series and things seem to have undergone a change in the intervening period. For this series, the length of the trip has expanded from around 30 days to 50 days and instead of travelling around Europe, the coach trip now takes in Asia and even Africa as well. If you're not familiar with the format of the series, it basically involves 7 pairs (not necessarily romantically involved couples as many of the pairs are friends or relatives) embarking on a coach trip. Each evening, there is a vote in which each pair has to cast a vote to send another pair home. The pair with the most votes receives a yellow card and if they then receive a second yellow card (which becomes a red card), they go home and are replaced by a new pair.

                            Although I'm quite enjoying this series, I have two main gripes. First, the main focus is on the various activities that the group take part in. So far, they have visited some lovely places like Paris but all we have really been shown is activities such as wine tasting, go karting, curling, rock climbing and the places themselves are sidelined. These activities could be taking place anywhere in Britain for all that we see of them and I find that quite frustrating given that they will be going to places that I'll probably never get to see in person and it would be a nice opportunity to show them to the viewers. I realise that first and foremost, it's a reality show, but it would be better to strike a balance. Second, the vote-offs so far have been quite tame and have mostly consisted of 'we're voting for you because you voted for us yesterday' or 'we're voting for you because we didn't get chance to talk to you all day' and other excuses that come off as cop-outs. Being a reality show, I was hoping for more fireworks at the vote-offs but maybe that will change as the original pairs start to get voted off and are replaced by new pairs. One thing I do find amusing from the vote-offs is that the moment certain pairs get a yellow or red card, they immediately point to a conspiracy vote as the reason behind it. Having been on the coach and knowing much more about the context than we do, they may well be right but it I find it all rather amusing in a sour grapes kind of way.

                            The main saving grace is Brendan, the tour guide. He is rather charismatic and entertaining in his own way and regularly makes moaning asides to the camera that I find quite amusing.

                            All in all, it's a decent enough way to pass half an hour if you can see it for what it is - a reality programme in which most of the emphasis is on the interactions between the various pairs leading up to the big vote-off at the end of each episode. I've little doubt that much of what we see has been edited and manipulated before it hits our screens as these type of programmes usually are but it tends to make for more interesting viewing. I have to admit that my particular household has gone from being more or less thoroughly disinterested in proceedings to avidly seeing how the vote-offs go and predicting who will be next off the coach so they must be doing something right!

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                              26.02.2010 19:47
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                              A group of strangers share a coach to travel on a trip of a lifetime

                              Coach trip is a show on Channel four being shown at the moment at 5pm for half an hour on weekdays. It follows a group of people in seven teams of pairs who, with the help of their tour guide Brendan Sheerin, travel from country to country in Europe, Africa and Asia (used to be just Europe) for 50 days (was 30) and every episode show the couples voting off who they think no longer fit in the group for whatever reason. The majority vote gets a yellow card and similar to footy 2 yellow cards gets them a red card and they are then sent home. Once a couple are sent home a replacement couple is brought in.
                              This show is now showing the fourth series, with the first ever series being filmed in 2004 and shown on our screens. Each series ends with the couples then voting for who they think deserves to have an extended holiday in the city they have all ended at.

                              Now this show is more about how the couples get on now rather than the beautiful cities they visit daily. Their 'camp' tour guide Brendan makes the show more interesting than it could be but still it lacks a little something. It could be more educational rather than a reality show on how strangers can get on whilst touring the continents. They spend each night in a different hotel and Brendan makes me laugh when he doesn't like the hotel that they have stayed at. The current series is also being biased towards the younger couples and they seem to be tactfully voting off the older couples. We also see the two single straight guys trying to impress the two single girls and how mostly they fail drastically but also they are like a yo-yo and teenage-like in their demeanour on relationships. It is almost cringe worthy when you see the young lad get so drunk and then make a fool of himself!
                              Each city they visit they do a task or visit a special place. So they will go and do go karting and visit AC Milan football ground, or cook with a French chef and so on.
                              They visit some absolutely gorgeous cities such as Paris and Milan etc and it is all lost on how the couples are not getting on and how their tactical voting is causing a rift in the group. We also see some of the men competing to be the alpha male and ones who try and swerve the voting to their way of thinking, and therefore following the crowd. This is another annoying factor in the show because you feel the couples have to follow or they will be the next one out if they are within the in crowd!

                              Brendan, thankfully, has stayed since the beginning and I love how he controls everyone and gets annoyed with bad time-keeping and bad behaviour and he is not shy in telling people how he feels. On the programme I have just watched he got annoyed with the Italian lift operator at the Milan cathedral and for the next five minutes that's all we heard about! He is such a character. You do get a brief bit of info about the places they are visiting from Brendan and sometimes he goes on too long but the best bits are well he goes off on a tangent about some of the contestants. If you do watch this programme then I definitely recommend going on the channel four website and find coach trip and watch Brendan's video blogs, they are hilarious. These should be shown on the show to make it more interesting and entertaining.

                              He talks about the 'click' in the group and the powerbase of the young people on the coach and the favourite couples that he misses. I think this is absolutely terrible and I hope that the leader of the lambs gets voted off soon.

                              I do wish they would do more interesting things about the places they are visiting rather than how much the guys can eat and drink! And maybe they could add challenges to make it more entertaining.

                              Overall if it wasn't for Brendan's loveable character and the way he goes off on one about the contestants which makes me laugh, I probably wouldn't watch this at all but there is something that draws me to watch this show. Maybe I just watch it so I can get a thrill out of the horrible contestants getting their comeuppance!!

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                                19.02.2010 20:52
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                                Good TV times

                                When I first heard about this programme I was intrigued - not just with the places that these lucky people were going to be visiting but also with the format of the show. There is a card system like in football where a yellow card is given as a warning and a second red card means you are off the coach and on your way home.

                                There is currently a new series on Channel 4 which is taking in the pleasures that Africa and Asia have to offer but I will focus on the other series where they took in Europe. They visit all the usual sites such as Paris and Amsterdam and take part in a variety of activities including sports, sights, food and wine tasting - exactly what you would expect on a tour like this.

                                The tour guide, Brendan, is a shining light who takes no nonsense and will tell you when you need to get in place, especially when it comes to evening activities which involve alcohol. On more than one occasion he has had to play dad to the younger people in the group and tell them off for drinking too much and lying in too late.

                                At the end of each day the group are gathered together and they are told to place a vote for the couple they want to leave and give their reason why. On some occasions this has made some very cringe-worthy TV when some of the excuses are very basic and a bit rubbish such as someone hasn't spoken to them all day or because they voted for them the day before so they thought they'd do the same today. But some people come out with a bang and tell others what they really think of them and let their real feelings be known. One thing I have learnt from this show is never ever try and rig the vote by telling people who they should try and vote for as on most occasions it comes back to bite you on the bum. When a couple is voted off, another couple are waiting to take their place on the coach and the process starts all over again.

                                This is a great show and being a keen fan of travelling myself I get to see some great places and things which I myself would like to give a try. The vote adds to the show in a good way but it does make me think would I ever want to do a coach trip. I would as long as all these early mornings that I keep seeing them having to get up for are not always like that. If they are I think I will stick to my package holidays in Spain.

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                                The Coach Trip is a travel-meets-reality show where a coach load of Brits set off on a six- week trip around Europe.