Trivia: Nathan Barley

  • The Danza: Claire Keelan playing Claire Ashcroft.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Pretty much an all-star cast as far as British comedy is concerned.
    • The obvious examples are Dan and Jones, aka Howard Moon and Vince Noir from The Mighty Boosh. The two sets of characters are so analogous to each other (both flatmates with non-existent careers and polar-opposite personalities) that it almost seems like a Casting Gag. Their flat in Boosh is even in nearby Dalston.
      • Speaking of The Boosh, Saboo also turns up at Sugar Ape as Ned Smanks, but then he's much better known as either Thornton Reed or Maurice Moss.
      • Carrying on the Boosh connections, Nathan and Troll both appeared together in the "Fountain of Youth" episode, as the King of Xooberon and Banoo respectively.
    • Dr. Guy Secretan has a small but disturbing cameo as Rod Senseless, a deranged rapist pornstar. His erstwhile colleague Boyce also appears as The Weekend on Sunday's features editor Max Herbert.
    • Q has come a long way since his stint as Nathan's dogsbody.
    • ...as has Matthew Horne since his time working behind the counter of a shop called, er, Bumphuk.
    • ...and isn't that Sherlock doing Doug Rocket's accounts?
    • DC Annie Cartwright and PC Shaz Granger both play cashiers/shop assistants in differing episodes.
    • Jonatton Yeah? went on to appear hundreds of miles away in grubby Manchester as Marcus Dent in Coronation Street.
    • Recurring Extra Mudd is Thomas Tallis (and also the lead singer of overhyped indie failures Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong)
    • As it happens, Rufus was once raped by a horny giant eye on legs.
  • 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 around with Dajve Bikinus, only to make a twat of himself by copying Dan's "Geek Pie" haircut - the one that Dan spends his day trying (and failing) to get cut off.
    • The following different parts from other episodes are included:
      • After killing the barber's cat, 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 endless, nonsensical interviews of Doug Rocket instead.
    • Notable differences to the aired episodes 3, 4 and 5 include:
      • Nathan abruptly ditches Dajve in the high street and runs off, after seeing Dan approaching down the road. In the aired episodes, Dan never appears, so Nathan stays with Dajve and ends up accompanying her to the indie 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 hipster cashier who calls Nathan "Nelson Bailey", seemingly out of malice, before charging him an arm and a leg on his credit card.
      • A new, completely cut 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.
    • Some of the characters also display major differences in behaviour:
      • Nathan displays regret, lamentation and self-doubt after realizing how shit his Geek Pie haircut is - 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, while still a chronically-depressed wanker, is noticeably more aggressive against the likes of Nathan, Jonatton, 15Peter20 etc.
      • 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 seems mostly interested in using Nathan for the acting role that he offers her, whereas in the main series, she seems a lot friendlier and more sexually attracted towards him.
  • You Look Familiar: Ned Smanks and Rufus Onslatt are both missing from the pilot episode, but the actor who plays Rufus, Spencer Brown, still appears as 15Peter20's PR manager in the art exhibition at Place. This part is played by Jolyon Rubinstein in the main series.