His name is Tim. He’s a struggling comic book artist. He’s into skateboarding, video games and the original Star Wars trilogy. (Don’t even mention Phantom Menace!) He is currently working on a graphic novel about a boy transformed into a mutant bear. He was just dumped by his girlfriend and needs to find a new flat.
Her name is Daisy. She’s a struggling journalist. She has trouble keeping a steady job. She likes dogs, traveling and clubbing. She has a cheerful, sunny disposition..well, sort of. She can’t stand where she lives and is looking for a new flat.
Thanks to a chance meeting in a coffee shop, Tim and Daisy decide to move in together. But there’s a catch, they have to pretend to be a couple in order to get the flat they can afford.
So, that’s the premise of Spaced — just a couple of kids trying to make it in the world. Not much to it really, but it’s the characters that make Spaced so much fun to watch.
In addition to Tim and Daisy you’ve got –
– Tim’s best mate Mike who was thrown out of the Territorial Army for stealing a tank and trying to invade Paris. He was apprehended on the Space Mountain ride at Euro Disney. He’s always carrying some sort of firearm and is always dressed in camouflage.
– Daisy’s best mate, Twist. Fashion is her thing, her only thing. Though she is her closest friend, she never fails to put Daisy down about her weight and her clothing choices.
– the downstairs neighbor, Brian, an artist who paints Anger, Pain, Fear and Aggression. He really gets into his work. He may come across as being a total whack job, but he’s just a shy, tormented bloke. Even though they have nothing in common, Brian has a love affair with Twist that seems to drain him of his artistic juices.
– Marsha, the landlady. She loves to smoke and drink. Apparently she and Brian have some kind of history that we’ll never know all the details about. Marsha is the only one who doesn’t know that Tim and Daisy are not a couple.
In addition to these off the wall characters, I love all the pop culture references to science-fiction, horror, comic books, music, television and video games. Many of these are incorporated through flashbacks or fantasy sequences.
This show is fantastically funny. It’s very cleverly written and the characters, though somewhat bizarre, are very likable. I can’t get enough of Simon Pegg. And Mark Heap is the best. Compare him in this to his work in Lark Rise to Candleford. The man can play any type of character, and play it well.
Like most of the British shows I love, I wish there were more episodes. But since there aren’t, I just watch these 14 over and over again.
Simon Pegg – Tim Bisley
Jessica Hynes* – Daisy Steiner
Nick Frost – Mike Watt
Mark Heap – Brian Topp
Julia Deakin – Marsha Klein
Katy Carmichael – Twist Morgan
*Credited as Stevenson
Total Seasons: 2 (14 episodes)
Seasons Available on US Formatted DVD: 2
In Production: 1999, 2001
Viewer Discretion: Language