MEFCC 2016: No Spaced reunion, says star Nick Frost

Nick Frost at the Middle East Film and Comic Con press conference. Reem Mohammed / The National
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There was bad news at the Middle East Film and Comic Con for fans of the British sitcom, Spaced, who have been holding out hopes of a reunion for a sequel.

Celebrity guest Nick Frost — who starred with regular collaborator Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes in the cult comedy, two seven-episode seasons of which were broadcast between 1999 and 2001 — was asked by a fan during a question-and-answer session would ever reunite for a third series.

“No, it’s done, it’s all done,” he said. “We did think about, briefly, maybe a Christmas special a few years ago — but no. It was what it was and it was nice, but it’s done. It was nice as it was and it’s 14 episodes and we’re just leaving it there.

"If we were to come up with more Spaced we'd potentially risk ruining everything else that came before. It's done. Sorry."

Although both Frost and Pegg were rising stars in British TV comedy when Spaced began, the show — co-written by Pegg and Hynes and renowned for its sci-fi, movie, video-game and other pop-culture references — launched them into the big time. They went on to star together on the big screen in the so-called Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy — Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End — and sci-fi alien buddy movie Paul.

Pegg has also starred in the Mission: Impossible series and in the rebooted Star Trek movies as Scotty. Frost, meanwhile, has starred dance-themed romantic comedy Cuban Fury, and Snow White and the Huntsman and its upcoming sequel The Huntsman: Winter's War.

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