460x300_brydoncoogan30 January 2014 | BBCAmerica.com

These are good times for Steve Coogan. The film Philomena, which he co-produced, co-wrote and stars in opposite Dame Judi Dench, recently picked up four Oscar nominations, including one for his screenplay. And last week he arrived at the Sundance Film Festival to unveil the eagerly awaited The Trip to Italy.

The film is a sequel to his much-loved road movie The Trip from four years ago. It follows the form of the original with Coogan and collaborator Rob Brydontraveling from one culinary establishment to another reviewing restaurants—this time in beautiful Italian surroundings.

Impersonations loom large once again with Sir Michael Caine being expertly imitated as are newly targeted stars, including a hilarious portrayal of Tom Hardy, whom many people found incomprehensible as the villain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.