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Friends Tim and Daisy, 20-something North Londoners with uncertain futures, must pretend to be a couple to live in the only apartment they can afford.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Jessica Hynes ...  Daisy Steiner / ... 14 episodes, 1999-2001
Simon Pegg ...  Tim Bisley 14 episodes, 1999-2001
Julia Deakin Julia Deakin ...  Marsha Klein 14 episodes, 1999-2001
Nick Frost ...  Mike Watt 14 episodes, 1999-2001
Mark Heap ...  Brian Topp 14 episodes, 1999-2001
Katy Carmichael ...  Twist Morgan 10 episodes, 1999-2001
Aida the Dog Aida the Dog ...  Colin 10 episodes, 1999-2001
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Storyline

The adventures of Tim and Daisy who rent a room in Marsha Klein's house under the pretense that they are a couple. Also in the house is frustrated painter Brian. Together with TA fanatic Mike and Daisy's girlfriend Twist the duo get into a series of situations with hilarious results. Written by Paul Hunter

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UK

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English

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24 September 1999 (UK) See more »

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GBP160,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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The series is full of references to, and pastiches of, movies and television series, some quite obvious and some amazingly obscure. The more prominent references include The Star Wars saga, The Shining (1980), The Evil Dead (1981), Evil Dead II (1987), Scooby-Doo (2002), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), The A-Team (1983), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Matrix (1999), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Taxi Driver (1976), Pulp Fiction (1994), and The Omen (1976). See more »

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Tim: That's a nice haircut.
Ex: I see you're still massacring yours with peroxide.
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The opening sequence of episode 2.7 is a parody of that used on "The Royle Family" (1999), another British comedy series. See more »

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It's life Tim, and boy, do they know it.
9 January 2003 | by ProperCharlieSee all my reviews

"Spaced" is like watching the cartoon of the life of the average SFX reader or Ain't-it-Cool UK talkbacker. It's the closest thing to fanboy (and fangirl) heaven there is. By that, I don't mean it's a perfect word for word film version of Lord of the Rings nor even a big BBC production of Asimov's Foundation trilogy. No, this is where really good fanboys (and fangirls) go when they die.

Set around the lives of Tim Bisley and Daisy Steiner sharing a ground floor flat somewhere in North London it shows in a disturbingly honest way the lives of the average late 20-something, recently moved to London, wannabe creative, painfully middle-class, skint people in much the same way that David Attenborough might bring to life the daily trials of a family of pandas. Their many rituals and habits are studied in detail as they go about carving their way in the cruel world around them. We see them go clubbing, going to sign on, in the pub, and rescuing dogs from animal testing laboratories. The one thing that leads me to think that this is only a sitcom and not real life is that their flat is always suspiciously clean.

As Tim is a struggling graphic artist trying to break into the world of comic illustration, it's appropriate that the characters are all cartoons themselves. They almost spew stylised behaviour, phrases and clothes. Some even have their own signature moves such as Brian's standardised description of his 'work' when he is asked what he paints. The editing follows this lead with many cut-aways into people's thoughts much in the manner of a thought bubble. The sheer quantity of cultural references is staggering. However, having lived a life similar to this, I know the number of cultural references in real life is at about the same level.

If you're currently aged between 27 and 34, this is the only sitcom you'll ever need to see again. Well, Black Books is pretty good too. Anyway, there are few things that make me laugh as much of this. If you know the words to the Ewok song, watch this.


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