Big Train

Big Train. Image shows from L to R: Mark Heap, Simon Pegg, Kevin Eldon, Julia Davis, Amelia Bullmore. Copyright: Talkback Productions.

Big Train

Sketch show featuring stars including Simon Pegg, Mark Heap, Kevin Eldon, Julia Davis and Catherine Tate

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Chappers

  • Monday 26th March 2007, 1:39am [Edited]
  • Surreyish., England
  • 30,466 posts

I keep seeing people mentioning Big Train and I did like it too. However - apart from us - nobody seems to remember it. Was it maybe a bit more appealing to creative people? Sounds a bit pretentios I know. I loved the World Stare out championship. I've got the book with all the highlights in and look it up frequently.

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charlie

  • Monday 26th March 2007, 2:07am
  • England
  • 31 posts

I love the sketch where they're told they can't masturbate in the office anymore. Classic!

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Chappers

  • Monday 26th March 2007, 2:11am
  • Surreyish., England
  • 30,466 posts

I thought it was totally unreasonable. Just cos some people object why should they spoil other people's pleasure?

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charlie

  • Monday 26th March 2007, 2:15am
  • England
  • 31 posts

It brought a serious issue into the living rooms of the masses. Hoorah for Big Train!

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hotzappa11

  • Monday 26th March 2007, 2:29am
  • Northampton, England
  • 2,445 posts

I've got both series on DVD boxset. I liked it but in places it really is hit or miss. But i swear if you team up Mark Heap and Simon Pegg it can't go wrong.

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Aaron

  • Monday 26th March 2007, 2:32am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,367 posts

I've honestly never seen a single episode. Something I should watch then?

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Daddy Maz

  • Monday 26th March 2007, 9:43pm
  • West London, England
  • 556 posts

Big train is good, I like the radio DJ who has his puns written by the little kids and the sketch were the guys didn't get paid their overtime so the boss starts juggling/card tricks and little puppies.

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Paul W

  • Monday 26th March 2007, 10:07pm [Edited]
  • Nottingham, England
  • 5,381 posts

Aaron, you call yourself a comedy forum... guy! I too have the boxset it has the feel of a modern day Monty Phython... its brilliant... wanking in the office is a good one.

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Aaron

  • Monday 26th March 2007, 10:24pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,367 posts

Just something that was on a bit before I really got into comedy. And on a channel I never (and still very rarely) watched.

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earman2009

  • Tuesday 27th March 2007, 2:22am
  • Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
  • 1,244 posts

I loved the sketch where Simon Pegg had a phobia of spoons and someone enters with a spoon and he kills himself. Also the Ritz to Titz hotel sketch that ends with Simon's monkey impression is comedy gold. Laughing out loud

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charlie

  • Wednesday 28th March 2007, 5:31pm
  • England
  • 31 posts

The theme tune for Big Train is on a Virgin Trains advert. I almost got excited thinking it was being repeated but nay.

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Matthew Stott

  • Wednesday 28th March 2007, 8:11pm
  • Yemen
  • 19,296 posts

Big Train is one of the all time great sketch shows; and shows up a lot of the more recent sketch shows for just how tame and lacking in ideas they are.

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David H

  • Sunday 1st April 2007, 5:39pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 419 posts

My first impression of Big Train when I saw it all those years ago was that the staring competition was fabulous but the rest of it was average. It had good ideas but they just went on too long.

Having seen some clips on Youtube, I feel the same way. The wank scene for instance: good idea, good Simon Pegg and others arguing about it at first, good when the guy chips in opposed it and good at the end where a man is still at it. But Simon Pegg's argument goes on too long for me, and Amelia Bullimore is not really needed. She doesn't add anything (does she ever?)

Same with the sketch where the woman wants to know if Simon Pegg speaks English and he says 'no' in English. Another good idea, but it goes on too long.

Same with the 'Tom Robinson' joke and the one where Kevin Eldon thinks he'll use somebody's opinion next time he's out. They're like 20-40 second sketches dragged out for minutes.