Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

David Cross Was Not Impressed by the Food on the Todd Margaret Set in Britain

In this interview about the upcoming season of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, David Cross gets into what's different about shooting a TV show in Britain vs. America. Less input from the network, a more compact 6-episode model, blah blah blah let's get to what's really important, the food.

Craft services suck. There’d be tea — tons of tea… tons and tons of tea — maybe some coffee, some sweets, and this awful, dense, moist thing that everybody would love to eat that was horrific. And a tin of biscuits. I’m used to a huge spread they put out in the states just in case a guy from the network might drop by for a minute. There didn’t seem to be much of a situation in which the suits, to use the American terminology, would come over.

Oh my gosh, WHAT is the "dense, moist thing"? This is going to bother me all day. Are we talking a damp fruitcake? Or is it like a very thick pudding situation? Any British readers care to weigh in?

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  • sftyisnoaccident

    i created an account JUST to comment that is most likely the DREADED FRUITY MALT LOAF, a gross ass fruitcake-esque concoction that the british loooOOOooooove (i did a degree in the UK)

    the offending substance: http://www.tesco.com/groceries/Product/Details/?id=251938134


    • Hallie Cantor

      !! thank you for clearing up this mystery. i want to try it so badly now.

  • Robert McKie@twitter

    I think sftyisnoaccident has correctly got it as malt loaf
    But its lovely and David Cross will come to love it

  • Thom Archer@facebook

    I'm surprised Malt Loaf is provided on show catering. I mean obviously it's amazing, but it's not the most glamourous of snacks.

  • Peat Suebi@twitter

    Someone didn't read the 'Must promote malt loaf and marmite' clause in his contract. Partial state funding – revoked!

  • Chris Barnett

    Malt Loaf's brilliant – but it fits the "dense, moist thing" description. Despite his poor taste in snacks I'm still looking forward to the new series.

  • Alice Smith@facebook

    The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret reminds me of a joke that I heard on It's Not Funny called "Tasteless, Odorless," where Cross concocts an elaborate history for this sheet of culinary gold leaf that blankets a dessert he's ordered at an upscale restaurant. His story follows gold ore as it's taken from a mountain by a scarred, half-crippled Uzbek miner who's trying to earn enough money in wage day for his daughter's (or maybe his wife's?) medicine; and from there it's transported by small slave children to a ship where it's taken halfway across the globe to America, pounded into a micron-thin sheet, and spread over the top of an over-priced dessert. The punch-line being, of course, that gold is tasteless, odorless, and indigestible and passes unscathed through your digestive system to be shit out the next time the consumer is producing from the throne, or whatever.