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* HideYourPregnancy: Creator/JessicaHynes in Series 1. Daisy's tomboyish outfits helped to conceal her pregnancy, along with cruel comments from Daisy's "friend" Twist. Series 2 explains her suddenly slighter frame and fondness for less clothing in general with the elegant solution of having her spending a few months between series backpacking around Asia.
* StarMakingRole: For Creator/SimonPegg and Creator/NickFrost.


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* WordOfGay: Mike was confirmed to be gay in the DVDCommentary. Considering the HoYay-laden advances he makes toward best friend Tim, everyone seems to be perfectly fine with it.

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* WordOfGod: According to Creator/SimonPegg, what the future held for the characters was always left ambiguous at the end of the show. But that hasn't stopped him imagining where they wound up. Tim and Daisy ended up together and have a daughter. Pegg said it was always the plan to get them together, even if it never occurred throughout the show. Brian has a long and happy life with Twist, and after his death, his work becomes incredibly popular and sells for millions. Twist winds up in suspended animation, and awakens in the future, where she finds, to her disgust, everyone wearing silver. Mike ends up with Dexter, and moves to South London. Pegg added if there had been a third season, it would end in a ''Series/BlakesSeven'' style shoot-out. But, he and Creator/JessicaStevenson knew the season two finale would be the very last episode while they were writing it.


* ActorAllusion: Peter Serafinowicz (as Duane) quotes one of his (few) lines as Darth Maul in the episode "Gone". At the time, this was only known from the trailer, and they were looking forward to it. It turned that the only thing Tim would hate more than Duane Benzie was ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: ''Spaced'' is very definitely set in in late [[TheNineties Nineties]]/TurnOfTheMillennium Britain:

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* ActorAllusion: Peter Serafinowicz (as Duane) quotes one of his (few) lines as Darth Maul in the episode "Gone". At the time, this was only known from the trailer, and they were looking forward to it. It turned that the only thing Tim would hate more than Duane Benzie was ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: ''Spaced'' The series is very definitely set in in late [[TheNineties Nineties]]/TurnOfTheMillennium Britain:





** The use of Polaroid cameras; little background things like ''[[{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]]'' merchandise in the comic book store, with an "Ancient Mew" card clearly visible under the counter and advertisements for bands such as Music/{{Coldplay}} and [[Music.{{Muse}} Muse]] playing smaller venues than they would today.

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** The use of Polaroid cameras; little background things like ''[[{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]]'' ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' merchandise in the comic book store, with an "Ancient Mew" card clearly visible under the counter and advertisements for bands such as Music/{{Coldplay}} and [[Music.{{Muse}} Muse]] playing smaller venues than they would today.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The role of Brian was originally written for [[Series/TheMightyBoosh Julian Barratt]], though due to the similarities between [[Series/NathanBarley his deadpan style]] and Mark Heap's the result would likely have been [[ForegoneConclusion much the same]].

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The role of Brian was originally written for [[Series/TheMightyBoosh Julian Barratt]], though due to the similarities between [[Series/NathanBarley his deadpan style]] and Mark Heap's the result would likely have been [[ForegoneConclusion much the same]].same]].

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** The original UsefulNotes/PlayStation with games like ''VideoGame/TombRaiderIII'' and ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'', the GameboyColor belonging to the paperboy.

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** The original UsefulNotes/PlayStation with games like ''VideoGame/TombRaiderIII'' and ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'', the GameboyColor UsefulNotes/GameboyColor belonging to the paperboy.


** The use of Polaroid cameras; little background things like ''[[{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]]'' merchandise in the comic book store, with an "Ancient Mew" card clearly visible under the counter and advertisements for bands such as {{Coldplay}} and [[Music.{{Muse}} Muse]] playing smaller venues than they would today.

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** The use of Polaroid cameras; little background things like ''[[{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]]'' merchandise in the comic book store, with an "Ancient Mew" card clearly visible under the counter and advertisements for bands such as {{Coldplay}} Music/{{Coldplay}} and [[Music.{{Muse}} Muse]] playing smaller venues than they would today.


* ActorAllusion: Peter Serafinowicz (as Duane) quotes one of his (few) lines as Darth Maul in the episode "Gone". At the time, this was only known from the trailer, and they were looking forward to it. It turned that the only thing Tim would hate more than Duane Benzie was ''ThePhantomMenace''.

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* ActorAllusion: Peter Serafinowicz (as Duane) quotes one of his (few) lines as Darth Maul in the episode "Gone". At the time, this was only known from the trailer, and they were looking forward to it. It turned that the only thing Tim would hate more than Duane Benzie was ''ThePhantomMenace''.''Film/ThePhantomMenace''.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: ''Spaced'' is very definitely set in in late [[TheNineties Nineties]]/TurnOfTheMillennium Britain:
** The use of UsefulNotes/{{VCR}}s and VHS (especially noticeable for their use for porn), the knowledge of the existence of the internet but the lack of it in Tim and Daisy's flat (not yet easily affordable or worth paying for) - also, the old trope of kids getting their first porn from magazines abandoned by others.
*** One instance where the absence of the internet is particularly noticeable: the entire plot of Series 2, Episode 4 revolves around Tim sending his art portfolio to a comics editor ASAP by ''bike courier''.
** The presence of mobile phones, but only as a symbol of wealth/importance/success (Duane and Damian Knox have mobiles, Tim and Daisy only use the landline in their flat or payphones, Brian only uses one whilst pretending to be a lawyer).
** The original UsefulNotes/PlayStation with games like ''VideoGame/TombRaiderIII'' and ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'', the GameboyColor belonging to the paperboy.
** ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' came out between seasons, specifically "eighteen months ago": early on Duane, played by the same actor that voiced Darth Maul, [[ActorAllusion echoes one of his few lines]] from the trailer; later, mention of the film is a BerserkButton for Tim.
** The use of Polaroid cameras; little background things like ''[[{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]]'' merchandise in the comic book store, with an "Ancient Mew" card clearly visible under the counter and advertisements for bands such as {{Coldplay}} and [[Music.{{Muse}} Muse]] playing smaller venues than they would today.
*** Sometimes the old-fashioned-ness is intentional, for instance when Daisy hefts a massive, outdated camcorder and smugly says, 'Welcome to the 21st Century'. Daisy and (less so) Tim are skint and out of touch with ACTUAL youth enough to be using technologies and listening to music that Amber and her friends would disdain.
** Daisy uses a typewriter and not a laptop.
*** Though even the typewriter she's using is an antique by the standards of the day. It's meant to show that she's really not putting much effort into being a writer. If she was she'd have a more modern electric typewriter or a word processor
*** And also that she's a proto-hipster. She wears glassless glasses when using the typewriter after all.
** Characters seen smoking in indoor locations (smoking in pretty much anywhere but private residences and the street was banned in the UK in 2007, certainly in pubs).
** All the references, parodies, shout-outs and homages are from no later than 1999 (even the trailers, such as one that says "[[Film/TheMatrix You cannot know what Spaced is...you must see it for yourself]]".)
** Daisy and Tim pay £90 per week to rent a flat in North London; even by the time they were they pre-screening it for test audiences, that had become a pipe dream. In the DVDCommentary, Pegg says it got the first laugh of the series.


* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The role of Brian was originally written for [[TheMightyBoosh Julian Barratt]], though due to the similarities between [[Series/NathanBarley his deadpan style]] and Mark Heap's the result would likely have been [[ForegoneConclusion much the same]].

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The role of Brian was originally written for [[TheMightyBoosh [[Series/TheMightyBoosh Julian Barratt]], though due to the similarities between [[Series/NathanBarley his deadpan style]] and Mark Heap's the result would likely have been [[ForegoneConclusion much the same]].


* HeyItsThatGuy!:
** David Walliams from ''LittleBritain'' as Vulva.
** And Manny from ''Series/BlackBooks''!
** And [[TheLeagueOfGentlemen Benjamin Denton]] - with a moustache!
** And [[TheLeagueOfGentlemen Hilary Briss]]
** And [[Series/DoctorWho the Master]] / [[Series/LifeOnMars2006 DI Sam Tyler]]!
** Creator/RickyGervais in a full blown, role-based cameo as a call-centre monkey.
** And [[Literature/NeverWhere Mr Vandemar]]!
** And [[TheInbetweeners Simon's Dad]], looking insanely young.
** And [[Series/{{Sherlock}} Mycroft Holmes]] as a Matrix-style agent.
** And [[Series/{{Dollhouse}} Adelle DeWitt]] as a cyclist in the [[Film/TheSixthSense Sixth Sense]] spoof. Doubles as an ActorAllusion, since Olivia Williams had a big role in that film.
** The leader of the yobs in the episode "Gone" is [[Film/HarryPotter Stan Shunpike]].


** And Manny from ''BlackBooks''!

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** And Manny from ''BlackBooks''!''Series/BlackBooks''!


* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The role of Brian was originally written for [[TheMightyBoosh Julian Barratt]], though due to the similarities between [[NathanBarley his deadpan style]] and Mark Heap's the result would likely have been [[ForegoneConclusion much the same]].

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The role of Brian was originally written for [[TheMightyBoosh Julian Barratt]], though due to the similarities between [[NathanBarley [[Series/NathanBarley his deadpan style]] and Mark Heap's the result would likely have been [[ForegoneConclusion much the same]].


** And [[Series/TheOfficeUK David Brent]] in a full blown, role-based cameo as a call-centre monkey.

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** And [[Series/TheOfficeUK David Brent]] Creator/RickyGervais in a full blown, role-based cameo as a call-centre monkey.


* HeyItsThatGuy!: David Walliams from ''LittleBritain'' as Vulva.

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* HeyItsThatGuy!: HeyItsThatGuy!:
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David Walliams from ''LittleBritain'' as Vulva.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The role of Brian was originally written for [[TheMightyBoosh Julian Barratt]], though due to the similarities between [[NathanBarley his deadpan style]] and Mark Heap's the result would likely have been [[ForegoneConclusion much the same]].
** There's also an in-universe example, where the viewer gets a glimpse of how Marsha might have turned out if her Olympic dreams hadn't been dashed.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The role of Brian was originally written for [[TheMightyBoosh Julian Barratt]], though due to the similarities between [[NathanBarley his deadpan style]] and Mark Heap's the result would likely have been [[ForegoneConclusion much the same]].
** There's also an in-universe example, where the viewer gets a glimpse of how Marsha might have turned out if her Olympic dreams hadn't been dashed.
same]].


** And [[TheOffice David Brent]] in a full blown, role-based cameo as a call-centre monkey.
** And [[NeverWhere Mr Vandemar]]!

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** And [[TheOffice [[Series/TheOfficeUK David Brent]] in a full blown, role-based cameo as a call-centre monkey.
** And [[NeverWhere [[Literature/NeverWhere Mr Vandemar]]!


* ActorAllusion: Peter Serafinowicz (as Duane) quotes one of his (few) lines as Darth Maul in the episode "Gone". At the time, this was only known from the trailer, and they were looking forward to it. It turned that the only thing Tim would hate more than Duane Benzie was ''ThePhantomMenace''.



** The leader of the yobs in the episode "Gone" is [[Film/HarryPotter Stan Shunpike]].

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** The leader of the yobs in the episode "Gone" is [[Film/HarryPotter Stan Shunpike]].Shunpike]].
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The role of Brian was originally written for [[TheMightyBoosh Julian Barratt]], though due to the similarities between [[NathanBarley his deadpan style]] and Mark Heap's the result would likely have been [[ForegoneConclusion much the same]].
** There's also an in-universe example, where the viewer gets a glimpse of how Marsha might have turned out if her Olympic dreams hadn't been dashed.

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