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Genre: Television - Spaced / Director: Edgar Wright / Actors: Jessica Stevenson, Simon Pegg ... / DVD released 14 August, 2006 at Channel 4 DVD / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      17.09.2011 09:54

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      Great series one of the best of all time.

      People often find Spaced when looking through Simon Peggs back collection and decide to give it a go. Spaced may still have Peggs quirky sense of humour in there somewhere but it is more much more.

      Spaced is a groudbreaking cult series that burst through onto Channel 4 late night. It soon gained popularity for it's slightly wacky sense of humour and homages. Tim and Daisy two singles meet after leaving their old places. Both looking for somewhere to stay they meet in a cafe and are brought together when they discover an ad for the perfect flat. The only catch ... Professional couples only.

      Posing as a couple they move in and meet Marsha the excentric alcoholic landlady. Brian the tormented artist downstairs and the cast is rounded off with Tim and Daisy's best mates Mike and ex army nut and Twist a girl who has delusions of being in the fashion industry.

      A very british comedy I enjoyed immensely.

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      Well worth watching

      Spaced is a British Sitcom originally broadcast on Channel 4, with it's series Premier airing in September 1999 (All episodes are now available to watch on Channel 4 - 4oD). The sitcom spanned 2 series with a total of 14 episodes, each with a run time of 24 minutes. The show is written by and stars Simon Pegg & Jessica Hynes (nee Stevenson) and directed by Edgar Wright.

      A LITTLE ABOUT THE MAIN CHARACTERS
      Tim Bisley (Simon Pegg) is a twenty something aspiring cartoonist, working part time at a local comic book store (Fantasy Bazaar) - at least in the first series. In his spare time you will find him glued to his playstation or working on his own comic book creation which follows the story of a giant mutant bear created by Doktor Mandrake. His preferred method of transport is a skateboard, and is often seen donning his beanie hat, and overall appearance is very casual and portrays the laid back attitude he indeed possesses. He is a huge fan of science fiction and in particular to star wars. Somewhat soured by the recent break up with his long-term girlfriend, Sarah, he can appear at times sullen, but his new found friendship with Daisy with her sunny disposition slowly brings him out of that throughout the first series.

      Daisy Steiner (Jessica Hynes) is a twenty something aspiring writer, however rarely makes it further than actually loading the paper into the typewriter, preferring to do anything other than get on with some work, and has an amazing ability to find something more important to do like making a cleaning rota, or throwing a housewarming party in which a glitter ball made out of tin foil is a priority. However when it comes to her social life, enthusiasm is something she doesn't lack and throws herself into these occassions with great gusto, and is able to talk for hours on end, and is generally a very cheerul person. She has moments when she feels dispondant, particularly about her lack of work, but these rarely last long as she is easily distracted.

      Brian Topp (Heap) is the lodger who lives in the flat downstairs. He is a very socially awkward person, often displaying signs of sociopathic tendencies. He spends his time working on his art (which is driven by the emotions of: pain, anger, agression and fear). The arrival of Tim & Daisy appears to allow him to come out of his reclusive state somewhat.

      Marsha Klein (Deakin) is the alcoholic, chain smoking landlady, whose weekly shop involves a trip down to threshers. She is a single parent to her teenage daughter, Amber, with whom she is constantly arguing. She has a 'thing' for Brian, who doesn't return her affections, and it becomes apparant that it stemmed from one incident when their relationship became more sensual when Brian couldn't afford the rent. Marsha is thrilled to have Tim & Daisy occupying the flat, as she now has new young friends. Marsha is the only one throughout the sitcom who doesn't realise they aren't really a couple, which makes for some awkward moments, where they almost drop the ball, but she is completely obvlivious depite her somewhat nosey personality. She always tries to offer advice to those who need it, albeit in her more often than not intoxicated state and the sitcom sees her reflecting on her past experiences. She is a great character for the show, and has some fantastic one-liners and is an all round likeable person.

      Twist Morgan (Carmichael) is Daisy's best friend (despite always giving her backhanded compliments, usually about her weight/clothes) who works in fashion (at a dry cleaners). She is extremely superficial and has a 'better than the rest' attitude. Unlike Brian, she enjoys the limelight & likes to be involved in every social occasion, but despite this Brian & Twist become involved in a passionate relationship, which is mainly based on sex, much to Marsha's distaste.

      Mike Watt (Frost) is Tim's best friend. He lives his life like a military operation and has a fascination with guns and weapons of any kind. He dreams of being in the British Army, but following an accident during his childhood after jumping out of a tree egged on by Tim, he cannot join. He was thrown out of the Terrotorial Army too, after stealing a Tank and trying to invade Paris while on weekend manoueveres in France, however is re-admitted later on in the series. Mike is a very sweet and caring person who always has Tim's best interests at heart.

      PLOT
      After being dumped by his girlfriend, Tim (Pegg) needs to find a place to live and by a chance meeting encounters Daisy (Hynes) in a Cafe who is also flat-hunting after she decides to move out of the squat in which she is currently residing. As time goes by it seems all hope is lost for the acquaintances as all places in their price range have been 'cold infested rat holes' or already taken by a 'bunch of psychic househunters'. A glimmer of hope comes in the form of a 2 bedroom £90 a week flat, but there's a catch, as the newspaper advertisement reads 'Professional couples only'... Despite barely knowing each other and the now desperate situation they find themselves in, they devise a plan to pose as a professional young couple and successfully manage to decieve the landlady, Marsha Klein (Deakin), who after a brief chat with the pair she says the words they had been hoping to here... 'You can move in when you're ready!'....
      .... and thus begins the wonderful adventures of Tim & Daisy.

      The main focus of the sitcom is centred around the everyday lives of Tim and Daisy, who are essentially two loveable joint smoking layabouts. We see their relationship develop into a great friendship, but there is always an underlying 'will they, won't they' throughout both series. This sitcom is laiden with pop-culture references, in particular to science fiction, horror films, video games & comic books, some more obvious than others. The script is written brilliantly, it's fast paced, witty and imaginative use of dialogue makes for a series that will have you laughing all the way through, whilst at the same time creating very realistic characters, with whom the audience can really relate. The superb acting enhances this.

      EPISODE LIST
      Series One:
      1. Beginnings, 2. Gatherings, 3. Art , 4. Battles, 5. Chaos, 6. Epiphanies, 7. Ends
      Bonus Features include: Out-takes, Trailers, Commentary, Cast & Crew Biographies, Deleted Scenes, Homage-O-Meter & Raw Footage.

      Series Two
      1. Back, 2. Change, 3. Mettle, 4. Help, 5. Gone, 6. Dissolution, 7. Leaves
      Bonus Features include: Out-takes, Trailers, Commentary, Biographies, Deleted Scenes, Homage-O-Meter, Raw Footage & Photo Gallery.

      Bonus Disc includes: Exclusive Feature Length Documentary: 'Skip to the End', 'Spaced Jam' by Osymyso & Cast and Crew Biographies

      SPACED 3 DISC COLLECTORS' EDITION GENERAL INFO
      Video Aspect Ration: 16:9 Automatic
      Main Soundtrack: English / Stereo
      Disc Format: 2 x Single Sided, Dual Layer - DVD 9
      1 x Single Sided, Single Layer - DVD5
      Feature Length: Disc One - 170 mins approx
      Extras - 40 mins approx
      Disc Two - 173 mins approx
      Extras - 44 mins approx
      Disc Three - 84 mins approx
      Colour: PAL
      Subtitles: English for the hard of hearing

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        24.01.2010 11:32
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        A british comedy classic

        paced is a British comedy sitcom, written by and starring Jessica Stevenson and Simon Pegg. There have been two series, with seven episodes each, and both Stevenson and Pegg have stated that there will not be third series. The show was originally aired on Channel Four in 1999-2000. It's curently being shown on the Freeview/Sky channel Dave.

        The sitcom is very unique in comedy and features a brilliant range of characters. There is Tim (Pegg), who is bitter about having been dumped by his girlfriend and kicked out of the house. Tim works in a comic book shop, is writing a comic, is often seen with his skateboard and is into Star Wars in a big way. He meets Daisy (Stevenson) in a cafe who is looking to move out of the student house she has been living in.

        Daisy wants to be writer but somehow never quite musters up the energy to actually write anything. The two end up moving into a house, posing as a couple, owned by the landlady Marsha (Julia Deakin). Marsha is an alcoholic spinster with a troublesome teenager Amber (who we never actually see). See is constantly smoking, drinking red wine and arguing with Amber. See also lusts after an awkward Brian (Mark Heap), the artist who occupies the flat downstairs.

        Brian is awkward and anti-social and his art is non-traditional, featuring pain, anger, fear and aggression, rather than watercolours. The other two main characters are Mike (Nick Frost) and Twist (Katy Carmichael), best friends of Tim and Daisy respectively.

        Mike is soft and caring despite his obsession with all things war> He owns a wide variety of guns and is part of the TA (he is ineligible for the normal army due to his detached retinas). Twist a self-centered and snobbish and often delivers negative quips about Daisy's dress sense or weight. She works in fashion (a dry cleaners).

        This show contains numerous pop-culture references and can be quite surreal at times. But you really get a sense of the characters and care about what happens to them in this cleverly written and edited sitcom. One of the best comedy sitcoms to come out of Britain.

        This DVD contains a music video featuring musician Osymyso and best of all a behind the scenes documentary called 'Skip to the end'. Thi documentary is very interesting for people who want to know how the series was made.

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        22.12.2009 00:33
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        No one can be told what Spaced is

        It seems like a lot of people are getting into Spaced after seeing Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz. Here I'm at something of a disadvantage, as I've seen neither (oddly). I saw spaced first when it was on TV, and bought the collectors DVD when it came out, so if I make no attempt to comapre the humour, that's why.

        Spaced is something of a niche comedy about two people who fake a relationship so they can rent a flat ("professional couples only") though really this is just an excuse to throw the two main characters together. Spaced is really just about the lives of idle twenty somethings in the late nineties, and is littered with pop cultured references that will strike a chord with anyone of that age. It parodies everythrigh from scooby doo to the matrix, sometimes as the main feature, sometimes just as a throwaway gag, and deals with the everyday trials of life such as getting a job, signing on, walking the dog or going out drinking.

        It's a hard call to say whether someone else will like Spaced. As a rough rule of thumb I'd say that if you're in your thristies and ever owned a playstation, read comics, or can derive any kind of special meaning from "I have a bad feeling about this", the odds are in favour of you liking it. The best guide I can offer is this:

        Unfortunately, no one can be told what Spaced is. You have to see it for yourself.

        If you laughed, it's for you. If you were confused, it isn't. For those who were confused, this is a parody of the tagline to the Matrix, and exactly the kind of humour you can expect.*

        Even without the more niche material there is enough in the way of war and film parody to entertain most people, but you do have to like that kind of humour. I do.

        * It was an actual line used in the TV trailers.

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        31.07.2009 12:39
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        An excellent DVD you must see!

        I became a fan of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wrights work after watching Shaun of the Dead and have been desperatly trying to catch up and watch their whole back catalouge. Spaced was really the first project the team worked on together and the sitcom that introduced Nick Frost into the world of acting. It follows Daisy and Tim, two people that meet in a cafe as they both search for a flat. They eventually find the perfect place to live, but it is only on offer to a proffesional couple. After knowing eachother for only a few weeks Daisy and Tim decide to pretend that thats what they are in order to secure the flat. Both series follow thier adventures with an underline "will they, wont they" situation as their relationship becomes closer. Overall this is a very funny sitcom which has gathered many fans over the world and lead on to the success of films such as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz and made all involved big stars. A must see DVD for fans of these guys aswell as anybody!!!!

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          09.01.2009 11:45

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          You must buy this innovative comedy!

          I became a huge fan of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, which then naturally progressed to being a fan of Spaced.

          This is a wacky sitcom about two virtual stranger pretending to be a couple to get a flat, whilst trying to deal with their failures and their wacky friends. All of the actors in this series are on top form, particularly Jessica Stephenson, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

          The series is perfect for your inner geek, containing many, and varied, references to popular culture, from the Star Wars films through to Hawk the Slayer!

          If you are a fan of Shaun of the dead and, or, Hot Fuzz, you must buy this, there is just the same level of witty, clever writing. The extras are a must see too, particularly the Homage-o-meter, letting you know exactly what various lines from the series are referencing. Brilliant stuff, should be in every DVD collection. Also, it is one of those rare series that aren't very long, but you can happily watch it again and again and always find somehting new you haven't spotted before.

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          17.11.2008 12:41

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          Fantastic

          Most possibly my favourite piece of viewing in the world. This series betters all my favourite films, tv shows and series. Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost are a terrific trio on their own, but throw in Mark Heap, Jessica Stevenson (now Hynes) and Julia Styles and appearances from Bill Bailey, you have yourself the best UK - now best international - sitcom ever written.

          Edgar Wrights way of directing is astounding and unique, and Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes teamed together to create unfallable, hilarious believable characters with terrific dialogue and pop culture references that is utterly hyponotising.

          The music compliments the surreal-yet-believable endeavours our characters go on, with Mark Heap as Brian, Julia Stiles as Marsha, Nick Frost as Mike and Katy Carmichael as Twist with Simon and Jessica as Tim and Daisy - all are fantastic characters and we can relate to nearly everything the team go through.

          Cult viewing, classic television and not one moment is not entertaining. Everyone must see this.

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          26.04.2008 20:18
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          One of the best British sitcoms of recent years

          Written by:
          Simon Pegg & Jessica Stevenson (or Hynes as she now is)

          Starring:
          Simon Pegg (Run Fat Boy Run, Hot Fuzz)
          Jessica Stevenson (Shaun of the Dead, The Royle Family)
          Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Kinky Boots)
          Mark Heap (Green Wing, Stardust)
          Katy Carmichael (Coronation Street, Cutting It)
          Julia Deakin (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead)

          Originally shown on:
          Channel 4 from 1999 to 2001

          Cerificate:
          15

          Running Time:
          Disc 1 and extras - 210 minutes
          Disc 2 and extras - 217 minutes
          Disc 3 (all extras) - 84 minutes

          Plot Summary: Daisy and Tim are a pair of stoners, who both become homeless and meet in a cafe. After getting to know each other whilst house hunting, they pretend to be a couple so they can get a flat, owned by alcoholic Marsha who lives above them.
          They must pretend to be together, whilst dealing with their disfunctional best friends Twist and Mike as well as angry artist Brian, who lives in the flat below them.

          Characters:
          Tim Bisley (Pegg) - Tim is a wannabe graphic artist who dreams of creating his own comic one day. After his girlfriend Sarah cheated on him with his friend Duane he was made homeless and met Daisy in a cafe and decided to move in together. Is best friends with Mike and is often seen skateboarding or on his playstation. He is a Star Wars nut - but only the three originals, he has issues with George Lucas about the latest films.

          Daisy Steiner (Stevenson) - Daisy is a wannabe writer who basically can't be bothered to do any work. She has a boyfreind who lives in Hull and spends her days finding excuses not to write anything.

          Mike (Frost) - Mike is Tim's best mate who is a self confessed weapons expert. He was thrown out of the TA for stealing a tank and trying to invade Paris and runs his days like a military operation.

          Marsha (Deakin) - Marsha is the chain-smoking, alcoholic landlord, who continuously argues with her teenage daughter Amber. She used to have an 'agreement' with Brian over the rent but he is now petrified of her.

          Twist (Carmichael) - Twist is Daisy's best friend and Uber-bitch who works in fashion (the dry cleaners.) She dissaproves of pretty much everything Daisy does and has a soft spot for Brian.

          Brian (Heap) - Brian lives in the flat underneath and is an artist who deals in anger, pain and aggresion. Until Daisy and Tim move in is reclusive, but they bring him out of his shell.

          Episodes:
          Series 1
          Episode 1 - Beginnings - Daisy decides to move of her squat and meets Tim, who has just been dumped by his girlfriend. They pretend to be a couple to be able to rent a flat.

          Episode 2 - Gatherings - They decide to hold a party to get to know the new neighbours (and paper boy) but things don't quite go as well as they had hoped.

          Episode 3 - Art - Daisy decides to get job, and after an unsuccesful interview at women's magazine "Flaps" decides to tag along to see Brian's ex partner man/woman installation artist Vulva (played by David Walliams.)

          Episode 4 - Battles - Daisy gets dumped after admitting to her boyfriend she has been cheating on him and after letting it slip to Marsh asks to get a dog to try and save her imaginary relationship with Tim. Meanwhile Tim is off playing paintball with Mike and gets teamed up with Duane - his ex friend who stole his girlfriend.

          Episode 5 - Chaos - Colin, the new dog, gets kidnapped and the group must join forces to save him from an animal testing facility - A Team style. Twist also starts to realise her feeling towards Brian.

          Episode 6 - Epiphanies - After Mike almost dies in an eskimo rolling incident the group decide to go out to a rave to help cheer him up. We also meet Tyres - Tim's bike courier who is a rave-aholic and will dance to anything, he is up and down with drup-fuelled mood swings and fails to believe Tim and Daisy are just friends.

          Episode 7 - Ends - Tim agrees to meet his ex Sarah to find out she has been dumped and debates whether or not to go back to her. Daisy finally gets over her writers block and Brian takes Twist on a first date - to Marsha's annoyance.

          Series 2
          Episode 1 - Back - After Daisy sells a few stories and inherits some money she decides to travel around India - on her return finds that Mike has moved into her room, and some sinister looking Matrix baddies are after her. Leading to a showdown in the pub.

          Episode 2 - Change - Tim gets sacked from his job at a comic store for shouting at a kid over Jarjar Binks and the Phantom Menace, so he and Daisy head down to get their benefits, with differing levels of success. Brian is also suffering from writers block and Mike moves in with Marsh after her daughter Amber storms out.

          Episode 3 - Mettle - Tim and Mike build a robot to go on robot wars, but it is sabotaged by Mike's TA buddies so they can get on the show instead. Brian is invited to do an art instalation at a swanky gallery, but it doesn't quite go to plan.

          Episode 4 - Help - Tim gets a call from his dream employers Darkstar who want to see his portfolio. Unfortunately he has a drawing of the big boss with the words "I'm a massive wanker on it" so must get it back before he loses the best chance of his career. Daisy and Marsha decide to get fit and Brian gets a visit from his mum who thinks he is a lawyer.

          Episode 5 - Gone - Tim becomes worried his new girlfriend Sophie is cheating on him so Daisy takes him out on the lash to forget about it. However they lose their house keys, get into a scrap with a group of lads over some drugs and Mike loses their dog Colin.

          Episode 6 - Dissolution - It is Daisy's Birthday so they are going out for a meal, but Marsha catches Tim kissing his new girlfriend in the garden and feels she has to tell Daisy that he is cheating on her.

          Episode 7 - Marsha decides to sell the house, Daisy decides to move to Colwyn Bay and Tim's girlfriend is moving to America. He must try and stop it all before he ends up with no home, no friends and no dog!

          DVD Extras:
          Out takes
          Trailers
          Commentaries
          Cast & Crew Biographies
          Deleted Scenes
          Homage O-meter
          Raw footage
          Documentary "Skip to the End"


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          Overall:
          I was a real late comer to Spaced - it came out at a time when I was more interested in going out on the lash than staying in on a Friday night. But after the recent success of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, I thought I would give it another go.
          And I wasn't disappointed, granted the second season is unmeasurably better than the second, but it is still very funny.
          If you are familiar with Pegg and Frost's work since (with Director Edgar Wright) you will know the pop-culture references to horror films, star wars, computer games and even blockbusters like Jurassic Park. Although some of these maybe a little dated, like Robot Wars, many still stand up today and give it a different feel to any other sit-com before or since.
          There are some generally hilarious lines in Spaced and a lot of the jokes are physical comedy too, and this is often seen as an introduction for Shaun of the Dead a few years later.
          I feel the first series episodes tend to end rather abruptly and could do with an extra 5 minutes or so on the end, but the ones in the second series seem to be more well rounded (I suppose this is the benefit of a two year hiatus.)
          The characters are brilliantly written and even though they are all sociopathic layabouts, you want them all to have a happy ending and have Daisy and Tim hook up. Except maybe Twist -who is brilliantly awful.
          The DVD extras are a bit hit and miss, the documentary on disc 3 is by far the most interesting special feature, and the outtakes are also very good. But I think the biographies and deleted scenes are a bit of time filler as far as I am concerned.
          The Homage-O-meter is also very good and is great to see all the nods to other shows and films.
          Unfortunately it doesn't look as though the proposed third series will happen after Frost revealed it was only a ploy to keep hopeful fans pleased.
          I think this is definitely worth a watch, although the series do seem really short, only being 7 episodes long each.
          Not wanting to give too much away but the ending is a bit of a cop-out and looks as though it was deliberately left open for something more.
          I would say if you love any of the main actors in this, who have become movie and comedy stars in their own right I would give this a go. Likewise, if you are a bit of a pop-culture junkie you will pick up on much of the hidden comedy. If you like more family based comedy with more obvious humour then I probably would give it a miss.

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            Excellent series any geek will love

            After seeing and loving both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz I was looking for something else that might take my fancy with the same actors in. So much to my delight I found this little gem of a series with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and the Director of the films, Edgar Wright. Shown on Channel Four in 1999 it seems quite an old series but I might have been too young to truly get the humour in it so I’m glad I found it now. So off I trot to buy the collectors edition of Spaced and hey presto a few days later I’m sitting in my chair, crisps in hand ready to have a good old laugh.
            The plot of the series is quite simple, two twenty something year old Londoners who pretend to be a couple in order to live in a flat. Sounds normal doesn’t it? Well it would be if it wasn’t full of cult film and TV references, a host of friends who don’t quite fit into the boundary of normality and a dog named Colin. Sound strange? Well it should do.

            To start off with I have to say that this is probably the funniest and most surreal programmes I have ever watched. Coming from the creators of the already mentioned films I did expect some oddness from the series but what I got was even more delightful. The actual episodes comprise of different events which always seem to have some relevance to different TV shows and films. The characters are hilarious and really do draw you into the series so that you care about what happens to them.

            Characters
            Well the main characters of Spaced come in the form of Tim and Daisy, the two flat hunting buddies. Tim is a cartoonist with a Playstation obsession, Daisy is a writer who is never on her typewriter. Together they make the basis for Spaced, however they are helped by different characters who also add a sense of surrealism to the series. Mike who is gun obsessed and wants to be in the TA is hilarious as Tim’s best friend and has some seriously funny one-liners in series two. Marsha is Tim and Daisy’s landlady who thinks the weekly shop is a trip down to Threshers! Always has a smoke in one hand and a bottle of wine in the other she always has the need to talk about Amber her rebellious teenage daughter. She also has a thing for Brian, the lodger downstairs. Brian is a painter who is quite often not in the same reality as the other characters. Twist is Daisy’s best friend in the fashion industry, she always puts everyone down and loves partying. Last but not least in Colin the dog who is slightly more intelligent than his owners.
            All of the characters together form Spaced and make it the hilarious series that it is. They blend in together and have some rather hilarious conversations about complete and utter rubbish.

            Script and Story

            Well as I have already mentioned the story is quite simple, Tim and Daisy are two lazy Londoners who are trying in vain to find somewhere to live. After forming a friendship the two find a cheap place to live. Only problem is it is for professional couples only. So they learn a little about each other and head off to Meteor street where the house resides and so begins the oddity that is Spaced.
            The script is absolutely hilarious, jam packed full of quotes and different spoofs of cult TV and film references; it is a geek’s dream, however even if you don’t get the parodies this show is still funny and good to watch. This can be backed up by the fact that even my mom liked this show, strange eh?

            The script can be very clever sometimes and even if something isn’t made completely obvious to the viewer, someone with a keen eye and weird sense of humour will get some jokes many people would not get especially about some references. There are many such as The Terminator, The King and I, Star Trek, Reservoir Dogs and about a million from Star Wars. So if you are a science fiction geek like me you will often be in hysterics watching it.
            The characters are written brilliantly and even though this is a rather short series (12 episodes in two series!) the character development that occurs is very dramatic. They all have slight eccentricities that make you love them, my favourite character being Daisy as the ditsy writer who always has an excuse not to work always makes me laugh.

            Each episode was actually written by the two stars of the show Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson so the series has got quite a personal feel to it which makes it even better. For me the first couple of episodes do not do the series justice, so even if you don’t like the first ones, stick with it, it gets better!

            Direction

            Directed by Edgar Wright, previously mentioned, this series is made extremely well. Using the right lighting, direction and sound the series continues on its path to surrealism. Every episode is filmed as it should do, with the serious parts filmed normally and the more surreal parts filmed with zooms and spins and dodgy music that makes you laugh. Can’t really say anything else about the direction other than it was done to perfection.

            The acting

            Well having the two writers of the show as the main actors means that the acting was done wonderfully. Pegg and Stevenson knew exactly who the characters were and how they should act accordingly. It is extremely apparent just how much they must have loved filming the series which shows in the utter dedication they put in to getting everything right. They also have a lovely chemistry together which also really makes you want the two to get together in the end. Joined by the other actors Nick Frost, Julia Deakin, Mark Heap and Katy Carmichael the series really does boast some terrific acting. All of the actors have chemistry between them and it is nice to see some actors who can be sad, happy and psychotic the next minute.

            General opinions

            Well as I’ve already mentioned the episodes are all fantastic, I don’t dislike any of them. My favourite has to be episode 5 in series 2 when Tim and Daisy go for a night out. Brilliantly funny and very well written I recommend everyone to see this. Colin the dog is quite an underrated character in this series, he brings everyone together and even being just a dog he can invoke quite a few laughs. Nick Frost I have to say is just brilliant. More prominent in the second series due to his popularity he really does shine. This being his first acting job doesn’t show, he is funny and really does make me laugh with some of his lines and how he says them.
            The ending of Spaced I have to say is one of the best endings I have ever seen on a series before. I’m not going to give too much away but it ends on a nice note, not exactly how you would expect but it does give a much more happy and fulfilling ending.

            Special Features
            Well this being a review for the collectors edition I just had to put in something about extras. There are outtakes which are always hilarious to watch and really show just how much the whole cast and crew get along. Commentary for the series which is quite interesting to hear about how they came up with different aspects of the programme, what got cut and what might have been done differently. This is examined even more in the deleted scenes, some are quite funny but I’m glad they left most of them out, but they are still good to watch. The Homage-O-Meter is probably the best extra feature. If you click on this and then watch the episodes, every time a scene or a quote comes on that is a reference to a TV show or film, a note comes up telling you exactly where it is from. I liked this feature as most of the references you either miss or don’t get so it’s nice to see everything. Overall I like the special features but the best one has to be the documentary “Skip to the End”. This shows Simon Pegg, Jessica Stevenson and Edgar Wright go back in around 2005 to the locations of where Spaced was filmed and talking about it. You also hear off many of the characters that have appeared in the series from the main characters to the briefly shown such as Sophie or the brilliant Tyres. I also recommend if you watch the documentary to watch until the very end to get a little surprise that really does end the series off nicely.

            Overall

            I love this series and have watched the episodes quite a few times each as they still make me laugh no matter how many times I see them. The only negative aspect of this series is that it is so short, only 12 episodes. It really should have been longer, however it does end in the best way possible. The script is excellent and witty; the characters have depth and truly make you laugh. The special features are very good and give you something fun and interesting to watch after the series has finished. The acting is wonderful, the episodes are funny and for any geek this really is quite a gem of a series.

            General Information
            Collectors edition comprises of the entire first and second series of Spaced, special features for both series and a third disc of unseen material.
            Certificate: 15 for scenes of drug taking
            Runtime: Disc One 170 mins approx, Disc Two 173 mins approx
            Price: £15 off amazon.co.uk (Bargain!)
            Each episode last for approximate 20 minutes.

            P.S. How could I forget that there are also a couple of cameos from Ricky Gervais and David Walliams, I don’t want to spoil them but they are quite funny.
            It’s been awhile since I’ve written reviews so please inform me if there is anything I have left out. Thanks.

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              Classic comedy!

              The definitive collectors box set of spaced is a must have for Simon Pegg/Nick Frost fans. It also features comedian Bill Bailey (Playing the Character of Biblo the comic shop owner).

              Daisy (Jessica Stevenson) and Tim (Simon Pegg) decide to move in together (pretending they are a couple to qualify for a flat). The 2 series comprises stories and thoughts of everyday life.

              Nick Frost play Mike, a gun-mad Territorial Army nut. He and Tim are best friends, and get up to trouble - in one episode they build a robot for Robot Club - a spin off of fight club.

              Other characters include Brian (a bizarre and interesting artist who lives downstairs), Marsha (The landlord obsessed with sex and Brian), Tyres (The bicycle courier and drug nut), and Twist (Daisy's friend working in 'fashion' as a dry cleaner).

              There are many references to Pop culture comedy. Star Wars - The phantom menace is criticized on many occcasion by Tim.

              This 3 disc compilation provides the viewer with approximately 500 mins of laughing. The extras on each DVD contain deleted scenes, commentry, trailers, raw footage, Homage-o-meter, Biographies, Out Takes, Photo galleries.

              This is a must have for fans of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Simon Pegg or Nick Frost. A MUST HAVE.

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            • Product Details

              Spaced is a sitcom like no other. The premise is simple enough: Daisy (Jessica Stevenson) and Tim (Simon Pegg) are out of luck and love, so pretend to be a couple in order to rent a flat together. Downstairs neighbour and eccentric painter Brian suspects someone's fibbing, and almost blows their cover with their lecherous lush of a landlady, Marsha. Fortunately he soon falls for Daisy's health-freak friend Twist, while Daisy herself goes ga-ga for pet dog Colin. Tim remains happily platonic with lifemate Mike; a sweet-at-heart guns 'n' ammo obsessive. The series is chock-full of pop culture references. In fact, each episode is themed after at least one movie, with nods to The Shining and Close Encounters of the Third Kind proving especially hilarious. Hardly five minutes goes by without a Star Wars reference, and every second of screen time from Bill Bailey as owner of the comic shop where Tim works is comedic gold. The look of the series is its other outstanding element, with slam-zooms, dizzying montages, and inspired lighting effects (often paying homage to the Evil Dead movies). It's an affectionate fantasy on the life of the twenty-something that's uncomfortably close to the truth. The second series finds the gang at 23 Meteor Street a little older, but definitely none the wiser. Tim's career is hampered by severe hang-ups over The Phantom Menace. Daisy's career is just plain non-existent. There is still a spark of sexual tension between them, but it's overshadowed by Brian and Twist getting it on. Propelling the seven-episode series arc is the threat of Marsha discovering that none of the relationships are what they seem, Mike's increasing jealousy and a new love interest for Tim. That's the basis for a never-ending stream of in-jokes and references that easily match the quality of the first series. Tim has a Return of the Jedi flashback, then déjà vu in reliving the end of The Empire Strikes Back. There are spoofs of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Robocop, The Sixth Sense and comedy rival The Royle Family. There are guest spots from Bill Bailey, Peter (voice of Darth Maul) Serafinowicz and The League of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith. Every episode is packed with highlights, but this series' guaranteed geek pant-wetting moments have to be the mock gun battles, slagging off Babylon 5 and learning that "The second rule of Robot Club is: no smoking." Jessica Stevenson won a British Comedy Award for this year. It deserved a whole lot more. --Paul Tonks On the DVD: The three-disc Spaced - Definitive Collectors' Edition DVD contains all the extras from the previous DVD releases plus a host of brand new features, including music promos and an in-depth, specially filmed documentary show-casing interviews with cast members (Simon Pegg, Jessica Stevenson and Nick Frost), cameo actors (Bill Bailey, David Walliams, Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith), and journalists. It also includes a tour of different show locations made by Simon, Jessica and Edgar, with clips of archive footage from the very first programmes Simon and Jess appeared in together.