Trivia / Nathan Barley

  • The Danza: Claire Keelan playing Claire Ashcroft.
  • No Communities Were Harmed: The series is set in the fictional London district of Hosegate, widely regarded as a thinly-veiled imitation of the real-life districts of Shoreditch and Hoxton.
  • Pilot: The pilot episode was initially unaired, but released as an extra on the DVD. It's 40 minutes long, compared to 25 minutes for the regular episodes, and is essentially an early 'beta' version of episode 4, with large sections of episodes 3 and 5 mashed into it.
    • Like episode 4, the core plot revolves around Nathan continually bumping Claire's latest film off, so that he can hang out with his crush Dajve Bikinus instead. However, he runs into problems when he blindly copies Dan's new "Geek Pie" haircut - the same one that Dan spends his day trying desperately to get rid of.
    • The following different parts from other episodes are included:
      • After killing the barber's cat and fleeing, Dan goes to Place. to attend the 15Peter20 art exhibition from episode 3. In the aired episode 4, he goes to the bank for a loan interview instead. In both instances, he's still completely covered in paint.
      • Claire's latest film is the prostitution one with Mandy from episode 5, including the subplot with Mandy blowing Nathan. In the aired episode 4, Claire is working on editing hours of endless, nonsensical Doug Rocket monologue instead.
    • Notable differences to the aired episodes 3, 4 and 5 include:
      • After Nathan purchases his 'headbag' from Bumphuk, Dan comes walking down the street, causing a panicky Nathan to abruptly ditch Dajve and run off. In the aired episode, Dan never appears, so Nathan carries on walking with Dajve, accompanying her to the 'Terrorists Are Gay' viewing at the theatre.
      • The Stanley Knives scene, where Nathan gets his Geek Pie cut, is extended considerably to show Troll's "snip stats" on a tablet, and Troll constantly having to stop Nathan from bopping his head to Jones' music, before getting pissed off and ramming a dummy into Nathan's mouth. We also get a previously unseen Liz White as a moody hipster cashier, who charges Nathan an arm and a leg on his credit card.
      • Although he attends 15Peter20's exhibition, Dan is not shown attempting to write up the resulting Sugar Ape cover feature. Instead, he spends the rest of the episode trying to get rid of his Geek Pie haircut - which he refers to as a "Greek Pie" in the pilot.
      • A brand new scene at the end shows Claire's film being screened at Place. and being largely successful with the crowd, even scoring complements from Doug Rocket. Claire is dismayed though, as she thinks the praise stems purely from Mandy's tits, and not from any artistic merit. This scene was completely cut and did not appear in any of the aired episodes.
    • Many characters in the pilot display major differences in behaviour:
      • Nathan displays regret, lament and self-doubt after realizing how bad his Geek Pie haircut was - something that never, ever happens at any point in the main series. He also finds Mandy's blowjob awkward and uncomfortable, whereas in the aired episode 5, he's positively dancing and jigging with enthusiasm.
      • Dan is much more aggressive and spiteful against the likes of Nathan, Jonatton, 15Peter20 etc., compared to his depressed, sedate self in the regular series.
      • Mandy is not a cokehead teenager, but just a fairly regular aspiring actress in her early twenties, not too dissimilar to Claire. She's also played by Kate Fleetwood, instead of Ophelia Lovibond - the show's only real example of The Other Darrin.
      • Dajve's interest in Nathan stems purely from the acting role and media connections that he offers her, quickly jumping ship when Nathan's promises fall through. In the main series, she's far friendlier and laid back, and appears sexually attracted to Nathan.
      • 15Peter20 is shy and anxious, and easily intimidated into silence by Dan. In the aired series he's the opposite; a motor-mouthed Large Ham completely in love with himself.
    • Other general examples of Early Installment Weirdness:
      • Dajve and Toby are revealed to be cousins in the pilot. In the main series, this is never alluded to, and they are not seen together in any of the aired episodes.
      • While most of the main, recurring characters appear in the pilot, Rufus and Ned are two notably missing exceptions. Spencer Brown (Rufus) still shows up in alternate guise as 15Peter20's PR manager, but Richard Ayoade (Ned) is totally absent.
      • The pilot episode has blank, audio-only placeholders for a) the credits and b) The Veryphonics "Flesh Police" music video. The rest of the Place. infomercial content is all there, including Doug Rocket's groundbreaking collaboration with natives.
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