Edgar Wright hosting ‘Spaced’ 21st anniversary livetweet marathon tonight
Before Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End, Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright worked together on Spaced, a short-lived but much loved 1999-2001 UK series about two slackers (Pegg and Jessica Hynes who co-wrote all the episodes) who rent the only apartment they can afford under the false pretense that they're a couple. That's a pretty standard premise but Spaced, which was influenced by Star Wars and John Carpenter films as much as it was Three's Company, was anything but standard, and featuring mile-a-minute jokes and pop culture references, Wright's highly stylized directorial style, and a great supporting cast including Nick Frost, Julia Deakin, and Katy Carmichael. There were only two seven-episode seasons and they're both great. You can watch a few clips below.
Spaced is being shown again on its original network, the UK's Channel 4, for its 21st anniversary and to celebrate, Edgar Wright is going to be live tweeting along with the Season 1 marathon happening tonight. For folks in North America who don't get Channel 4, you can stream along via Hulu and Amazon Prime as well as free on Tubi (with ads), starting at 6:05 Eastern till 9:30 PM Eastern (that's 11:05 PM - 2:30 AM in UK time) and follow via the #SpacedMarathon hashtag. Says Edgar, "In what may turn out to be a foolhardy exercise, I shall be live tweeting along with all seven episodes of Spaced Series 1 on @Channel4 tonight at 11.05pm (runs until 2.30am. Please join me to celebrate Spaced's 21st back on the channel where it was born. Bring booze and snacks."
Edgar Wright's most recent film was 2017's Baby Driver but he's set to release Last Night in Soho, a horror thriller inspired by Repulsion and Don't Look Now, later this year. He's also been working on a documentary about the band Sparks.
Wright will also be talking about the Baby Driver soundtrack as part of Tim's Twitter Listening party on Saturday, May 16 at 4:30 PM Eastern.