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Spaced: Beginnings

The plot for the entire series begins here: two late twenty somethings who are looking for a place to live. They find one, only it means posing as a couple, and so the two main characters, Tim and Daisy, set off to learn about each other. This way we are introduced to the various characters and their backgrounds.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Friday September 24th, 1999



  • Currently 8.2/10
8.2/10 (5 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Anna Wilson-Jones
As Sarah
Recurring
Bill Bailey (1)
As Bilbo Bagshot
Recurring
James Lance
As Richard
Recurring
Peter Serafinowicz
As Duane Benzie
Recurring
Main Cast
Simon Pegg
As Tim Bisley
Jessica Hynes
As Daisy Steiner
Mark Heap
As Brian Topp
Nick Frost (1)
As Mike Watt
Julia Deakin
As Marsha Klein
Katy Carmichael
As Twist Morgan

Recap

The episode opens with Tim on the pavement and Daisy in the window of the second floor (talking to someone below, who we believe to be Tim because of the way the cameras switch between Tim and Daisy). But, soon the truth is revealed that she is talking to some bum and Tim is pleading with his now ex-girlfriend, Sarah...

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Episode Notes
The guy outside Daisy's window at the beginning of the episode, is their real-life friend, Dave.

The opening scene was one of the final scenes shot; and the close shots show the pavement wet, and by the time they filmed the wide shots it had dried, so they had to hose it down to maintain continuity.

05:11: Daisy and Tim are getting to know each other while strolling down the street: that is Middleton St. in Wood Green, which is in Haringey, a borough of London.

05:23: They talk about Tim's scar: Simon Pegg really has a scar in that same place.

05:51: The album in the bargain bin is by the band 'Gods 3rd Leg' [sic], which is the name of Simon Pegg's real life first band. He played the drums.

07:46: the animated spider/mouse was created by Wright's brother, Oscar.

08:17: the Polaroid type shots were done at Alexandra Palace, a family fun park.

08:38: The house is located on Carlton Rd. in Tufnell Park, which sprawls across two boroughs, Islington and Camden.

The interior of the house is actually in the studio, and not at the above location. The first moment they enter the apartment are actually the first scenes shot in the series.

09:54: The twins were going to make more appearances, but The League of Gentlemen already beat them to it.

10:37 Jessica is actually in the front room of the location used for the exteriors (see the notes above).

11:27: Same room as above note. The squators, in order of appearance: 11:31: Edgar Wright; 11:32: Sylvie (Producer's sister); 11:40: Jim Imber; 11:43: Andy Hollis;



Episode Quotes
Tim:  And this guy's called The Bear, all right, he's like a mutant. Uh, he's essentially a nice guy, but he's driven to violence by the society he inhabits.
Daisy: Oh, right. Who's that, then?
Tim: Ah, now that's Doktor Mandrake.
Daisy: Doctor Mandrake.
Tim: DOK-tor Mandrake, it's got a 'K' in it. He's like a mad scientist, ya-ok, and he invented this steroid called oxypheromalkahyde, and he tested it on this orphan kid, but -- nnn -- didn't work, did it? So he chucked out all his research, chucked the kid out onto the street, and, but get this, here's the thing, when the kid reached puberty, the dormant oxypheromalkahyde in his blood-stream interrupted his DNA coding and he mutated into The Bear. So now, Doktor Mandrake has dedicated his entire life to capturing The Bear to rediscover the effects of oxypheromalkahyde.



Cultural References
Tim: Jesus, I cried like a child at the end of Terminator 2.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day: a 1991 James Cameron film starring Schwarzenegger.

Daisy: You have a little sister called Katie, who once used all your Batman comics to decorate a cardboard car.

Batman is a famous DC superhero who lacks any superpowers/superhuman abilities. Instead, he is a brilliant mind and at a top level physically to take on and overcome any difficulties.

Daisy: (Shows an image of Tim's comic creation 'The Bear' with his name 'Tim Bisley' on it; at the same time there is a Daisy voice-over.) You're an aspiring graphic artist and you hope to one day work for Darkstar Comics.

  • Pegg's character's name, Tim Bisley, is a reference to real-life British comic book artist Simon Bisley.
  • Dark Horse Comics was the inspiration for 'Dark Star Comics'.

Tim: It's just me and Bilbo.

Tim's boss, Bilbo Bagshot, was named after Bilbo Baggins, protagonist of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.

Daisy: You don't spend your evening on the Internet discussing symbolism in The X-Files?

The X-Files was a Fox network sci-fi show that ran from 1993-2002.

Visual: Tim's hand on the bed, clutching the sheets.

This alludes to Titanic, the 1997 James Cameron film.

Daisy: You like music, bobbing, and regularly masturbate over images of Gillian Anderson.

Gillian Anderson is an actress best known for her role as Special Agent Scully in The X-Files.

Tim: (Referring to Gillian Anerson) Yeah, well, FHM voted her the most sexy woman in the world in 1996.

FHM, which stands for 'For Him Magazine', is a monthly men'smagazine which often relies on sacntily clad female models. Every year readers of the magazine vote for the sexiest women in the world.

Tim: You graduated from Kingston Poly –
Daisy: University.

Kingston University, in London, was considered a polytechnic school until 1992.

Daisy: Michelle from EastEnders got a third.

Michelle Fowler was one of EastEnders', a British soap opera that began in 1985 and is still running, original characters.

Daisy: I was thinking we could do that thing, you know like in that film with, um, Andie MacDowell and Gerard Depardieu, you know where they get married so that she can keep her house and he can get um . . . an American work permit.

Green Card: a 1990 film by director Peter Weir, starring Andie MacDowell, and Gerard Depardieu.

Tim: It's perfect for a child.
and
Visual: The twins in the closet.

Both reference the 1980 Stanley Kubrick classic horror film, The Shining.

Visual: The cardboard box 'monolith' in Tim's room.

That is a reference to another Kuberick classic, 1968's 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Tim: Playing Scooby-Doo?

Scooby Doo, Where Are You? is a classic cartoon where teenagers try to solve different mysteries.

Richard: I love you Daisy Duke.
Daisy: I love you too Boss Hogg.

Daisy Duke and Boss Hogg are two characters from the show The Dukes of Hazzard.



Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerHumphrey Barclay
ProducerGareth Edwards
Production DesignerJo Sutherland
CastingJanie Frazer (1)
First Assistant DirectorJames Imber (1)
Second Assistant DirectorToni Staples
Costume DesignerAnnie Hardinge  |  Sheena Gunn
Make-upJane Walker  |  Jayne Buxton
Production CoordinatorCaroline Clark (2)
Director of PhotographyAndy Hollis
Art DirectorColin Blaymires  |  Claire Johnston (2)
Original MusicGuy Pratt
 
Warning: Spaced season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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