Leicester, 1982. A school rock band enters an underground studio. Washington. A computer error detonates America's nuclear arsenal [YT]. Cruise of the Gods
was made and released as a British TV movie in 2002. It traces the different fortunes of two child actors - played by regular collaborators Steve Coogan
and Rob Brydon
- who meet after decades of estrangement on a fan cruise for the fictitious 80s TV series "Children of Castor".
A meditation on envy, disappointment, humiliation, social awkwardness, terminal illness and the impossibility of recovering past glories, it's no surprise that this is a heartwarming British comedy. Probably its finest minutes come in the footage from the fictitious show itself, and also the brief clip of Sherlock Holmes in Miami
, in which Nick Lee (Coogan, in an unusually unambivalent role) plays a time-transposed sleuth whose catchphrase, addressed to his no-nonsense African-American sidekick, is "Elementary, my dear homes
The film also featured a number of then-unknown British comedians who have subsequently risen to various degrees of stardom, including David Walliams (Little Britain
), James Corden (Gavin and Stacey
) and, very briefly, Russell Brand (Arthur
), who was allegedly removed from the production after questionable behavior in a Greek strip club.
A US remake has been optioned
, with Coogan's Tropic Thunder
co-star Ben Stiller co-producing. After their success adapting Le Dîner de Cons
as Dinner for Schmucks
, David Guion and Michael Handeman have been chosen to write and direct.
(Inspired by this post
on the Apocalypse and Leicester, England's unsung jewel.)