The Simon (Shaun of the Dead) Pegg worship continues… just as a group of us were getting through the brilliance that was the TV series Spaced, we came across something altogether new (though old): Big Train. The show was a sketch comedy series on the BBC between 1998 and 2002. And it’s amazing. It’s almost impossible to convey how originally funny some of the bits are.
I mean, how does “Hall & Oates are hired to clean up the streets” or “Chairman Mao performing Bryan Ferry songs” or “Alfred Hitchcock’s remake of The Birds, using working class cockney men instead of winged attackers” make any sense or sound remotely funny? But they are, especially when nesting in the capable hands of Pegg and company. Again, this is not available in any kind of American-ready format. Get your all-region DVD player and find your own copy of the insanely absurd Big Train.