really wierd stuff about the crew of a long defunct british television scifi series (about the time of the doctor who originals, real bad filming that period) who go on a cruise to earn some extra cash, idolised by a strange assortment of fans who are fanatical about the actors for some strange reason. on eof the most memorable scenes is the language analysis lecture where the screenwriter barges in drunk and explains wheere he really got the names of the characters from............
shame you actually live across the atlantic, i have it on dvd, because of the literary side of it, or at least the humour aimed at it!
and it's got some of the UK's best comedy teams on it too
Both warmly funny and surprisingly touching, the one-off 90-minute BBC comedy Cruise of the Gods (2002) unites the twin comic talents of Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan for the first time. Brydon, whose Marion & Geoff brought him instant cult status and critical acclaim, plays Andy Van Allen, a washed-up actor who once enjoyed celebrity as the star of a TV science-fiction series but who is now down on his luck as a hotel porter. Desperate to rescue his self-esteem, but equally desperate to conceal his failure, he reluctantly embarks on a Mediterranean cruise for die-hard fans of the old show organised by uber-nerd Jeff Monks (David Walliams). To compound his humiliation, Van Allan's one-time costar, Nick Lee (Coogan), now a Hollywood big shot thanks to his starring role in Sherlock Holmes in Miami, gatecrashes the trip.
Elements of both Marion & Geoff's agonising pathos and the squirm-inducing embarrassment of I'm Alan Partridge feature prominently here as the merciless portrayal of geeky fandom slowly gives way to a more gentle, affectionate portrait of people whose lives were inexplicably touched by the fantastically awful Children of Castor (imagine a camp cross between Blake's 7 and The Tomorrow People). Unlike the sympathetically pathetic ex-husband of Marion, here Brydon plays a cruelly cynical and embittered character, whose self-loathing contrasts painfully with the annoying ebullience of Coogan's superstar. The supporting cast are all a delight, too: witness lugubrious Philip Jackson, as alcoholic writer Hugh Bispham, clashing hilariously with Walliams' deadly earnest super-fan over the interpretation of names in the show, which turn out to be nothing more cryptic than anagrams of Bispham's favourite curries. James Corden and Helen Coker are emotionally fragile followers whose lives intertwine unexpectedly with their heroes, while Brian Conley and Jack Jones gamely provide cameos. --Mark Walker
Andy Van Allen is a failed TV star who is now working as a hotel porter. When he is offered, out of the blue, a job as principal celebrity on an organised 'celebrity cruise' plus serious money as well things seem to be on the up. Soon after sailing things start to go wrong and matters become worse when he meets his former colleague who has gone on to the bigtime.