Big Train: 1998 – 2002
Created by: Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews
Cast: Simon Pegg, Mark Heap, Kevin Eldon, Catherine Tate
Big Train! It’s such a forgotten sketch show that needs bringing to your attention. Look at the cast and who created it and tell me you’re not interested? Oh, you’re not? Well I suggest leaving this article, because for the next few hundred words I’m going to sing nothing but praise.
Big Train is a sketch show. I don’t know if I’d made that obvious or not. It has a stunning cast that have went on to do bigger and better things. Think of this show as a launch pad for the majority of their careers. Simon Pegg is now a mega star, Catherine Tate has critical acclaim and Mark Heap appears in anything he wants to. Graham Linehan went on to write Black Books and The IT Crowd after this, two shows that feature on our list. This show is a place where they showed off their acting and writing chops and gave it their best.
The main part of a sketch show is obviously the sketches. They are undoubtedly the most important aspect of this show. But are they any good? Some of them are. Some of them aren’t. It’s very hit or miss, much like Frankie Boyle’s Tramadol Nights. Similar to Tramadol Nights though is that Big Train is more hits than misses. For every “staring championship” there’s an absolute classic in there.
A lot of these sketches are fantastic. There’s no other way of wording it. I haven’t laughed at a sketch show this hard in a while. From Simon Pegg yelling at child labourers to the office wanking ban. Everything in between the shit is solid gold comedy and I couldn’t recommend it enough.
Funnily enough, the shipping for this DVD was more than the DVD itself. Amazon carries a lot of copies of this show so I recommend throwing a couple quid their way to get your hands on this show. Either that, or I’m pretty sure you can get this all on YouTube. It’s your call, but I recommend the DVD.