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Big Train: a cult comedy that proved an early platform for top talent

25 April 2012 7:51 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Simon Pegg, Catherine Tate and Amelia Bullmore were among those in the surreal sketch show

It is 10 years since Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan's cult comedy Big Train came to a final halt. While they were not quite a runaway success at the time, Big Train's two BBC series did prove to be an express route for the show's cast with Mark Heap, Julia Davis, Kevin Eldon, Catherine Tate, Simon Pegg, Amelia Bullmore, Rebecca Front and Tracy-Ann Oberman graduating from the surreal comedy to dominate British comedy acting.

It was their talent, combined with the Father Ted creators' brilliant writing, that helped to produce one of the most original and most consistently funny sketch shows in years. With its subversion of everyday situations by the surreal or macabre, the cast's believable portrayals and evident chemistry put the comedy into a class of its own. But few could have »

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