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Spaced - Definitive Collectors' Edition (DVD)
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Spaced - Definitive Collectors' Edition (DVD)
Advantages: Very funny, great cast, good one-liners
Disadvantages: Too short and needs a 3rd series
Simon Pegg & Jessica Stevenson (or Hynes as she now is)
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
Cast & Crew Biographies
Documentary "Skip to the End"
£9.99 from Play.com
£11.95 from dvd.co.uk
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.
Summary: One of the best British sitcoms of recent years