My Geeky Trivia
By Geeky Gem
When I was a teenager, it was hard for me to find something that made me laugh. Yes there was Friends, but that didn’t always make me laugh out loud or scream as my ribs hurt so much. However there was one show that did just that, and came from the minds of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, possibly two of the biggest geeks out their, so how can I not do some trivia on the fantastic Spaced?
The series is full of references to, and pastiches of movies/TV series, some quite obvious and some amazingly obscure. The more prominent references include The Star Wars Trilogy, The Shining, The Evil Dead Series, Scooby-Doo, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The A-Team, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Matrix, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction and The Omen.
Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes originally pitched the show as “a cross between The Simpsons, The X-Files and Northern Exposure”.
The inside of Tim and Daisy’s flat was filmed in the same studio as the scene in the local pub at the beginning of An American Werewolf in London.
Edgar Wright was originally sceptical of casting Nick Frost in the role of Mike, as at the time, Frost was a waiter with no prior acting experience. In fact, the character of Mike was born out of Frost making Simon Pegg (his flatmate) laugh, and Wright later said that Frost was brilliant in the part.
Julia Deakin said she drew inspiration from a male friend (who’s voice is similar to Deakin’s character Marsha), and also from a woman she met once on a Greek island who was ‘permanently pissed on red wine’.
Channel 4 commissioned a second series before the first series was even transmitted.
As they were making a documentary about the series, Jessica Hynes, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright were looking around the ‘Spaced house’, and one the people who lived there came and told them that there were Spaced fans outside taking pictures of the house. As a joke, Simon and Jessica went outside and said “are you taking pictures of our house?” The fans just stood there for a few seconds, stunned. In good nature they chatted and then posed for photos.
Many bit-parts, non-speaking roles and extras are played by crew members and friends and family of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nira Park.
Tim’s surname is a homage to comic artist Simon Bailey.
Brian’s character was originally written for Julian Barrett. However, Barrett couldn’t commit to the role, so Mark Heap was cast instead.
If you haven’t seen Spaced and like the work of the cast and crew mentioned above, then I would highly recommend that you get hold of this quite frankly excellent show and watch it. Don’t forget to come back next week and see what other treats I have for you.