- 16 Dec 15
In the Hot Press Annual 2016, our man Colm O'Regan sits down with our Comedy Duo of the Year, the creators of the most gloriously surreal and hilarious comedy to hit the screen in many a year - which may not be done yet
Considering the TV sitcom has, in recent years, embraced the hyper-realism of shaky cameras and fly-on-the-wall documentary style - from The Office to Parks and Recreation, there's something decidedly old-fashioned about the weird and wonderful Toast of London.
The Channel 4 comedy has been a critical and popular hit through its three-season run, and in the new Hot Press Annual writers Matt Berry and Arthur Mathews tell us the moustachioed thesp may not be done yet.
"I'm sure we can do another series," Arthur tells Colm O'Regan. "There's certainly enough material left over. For example, I have a great idea for Toast based on Tootsie, where he becomes a woman to get acting roles, and is so successful he ends up as the face of a perfume, like Nicole Kidman."
If it sounds rather outlandish, it's only in keeping with the show, which is set in a bizzaro-world version of the English capital.
Berry explains, "The Soho of the 60s and 70s doesn't exist anymore, but for the purpose of this it does. We made it stretchy, so we could fit in ideas, rather than having a defined world where things wouldn't look right."
For the full interview with the Comedy Duo of the Year, where real life inspiration, writing while apart, and pulling in Jon Hamm as a guest star, pick up the Hot Press Annual 2016, on shelves now.
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