Spaced and the Mechanics of the Perfect Comedy Team

Fans of the Three Flavours Cornetto / Blood and Ice Cream film trilogy did a spit-take when Nick Frost revealed last month that production on the long-awaited third entry could start as early as this year. The news is especially poignant considering its been a little over ten years since Frost's first project with Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright, the short-lived cult sitcom Spaced, went off the air in the UK. And although the trio went on to become international stars together with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, and on their own in various other film projects, their work on Spaced, about two down-on-their-luck Londoners (played by Pegg and co-creator/writer Jessica Hynes) pretending to be a couple in order to rent an apartment, is still regarded by many as a master class on comedy writing and performance. Just consider the elite roster of comedians, writers and filmmakers who contributed commentary on the show's 2008 DVD release: Patton Oswalt, Bill Hader, Diablo Cody, Matt Stone, Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino.

But what is it about a show that only produced 17 episodes within two seasons that attracts so much admiration a decade later? As Wright, Pegg, Hynes and Producer Nira Park muse on the DVD's foreword about their initial misgivings: "People from such far flung places would never be able to relate to the day-to-day minutae of a mismatched band of North Londoners living their life through a cracked mirror of pop culture absurdity. Boy, were we ever wrong." READ MORE