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Couch Potato Pickings: Shaun of the Dead

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost

As a big fan of Spaced and a big fan of horror it’s hardly surprising that I love this zom rom com written by and starring Simon Pegg. Click here for the film's fan site.

Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Dylan Moran,Lucy Davis

As the title suggests, it’s a spoof of the George A Romero horror classic Dawn of the Dead, and the story revolves around Pegg’s character Shaun, a couch potato (great to see us getting representation on screen) who has just been dumped by his girlfriend.

Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Dylan Moran,Lucy Davis, Penelope Wilton, Nick Frost

Pegg’s Spaced partner Jessica Hynes (formerly Jessica Stevenson) also stars in the film. She plays Shaun’s ex-girlfriend Yvonne and crops up briefly near the beginning, before Shaun has noticed the presence of the undead in his neighbourhood. When he bumps into her again, he is attempting to get his party, including comic actors Lucy Davis, Nick Frost and Penelope Wilton, to the pub without being intercepted by zombies. Since Yvonne is with her own posse - played by a similar group of great British comic actors, including Martin Freeman, Matt Lucas, Julia Deakin - the impression is that she is starring in a parallel zom rom com of her own.

Jessica Stevenson, Martin Freeman

Wouldn’t it be great if they’d produce and release this parallel version? I’d watch it. Yes it would be the same story, but with a different cast of comic actors. It would be great fun to compare and contrast. However, since Shaun of the Dead got released back in 2004, I guess the moment’s gone for an Yvonne of the Dead. I do wish they’d do a sequel to Shaun though. The lead character would have to be called Fay or Kay or Ray, what do you think?

Shaun of the Dead

On ITV2 tonight at 9pm