The first episode of Origen's Wake was a 50/50 collaboration with Tim Hope, but when
Channel 4 commissioned a 12-minute version of for their 2001 Comedy Lab series,
for some reason I decided to go it alone and direct it myself - a pretty stupid idea
because I'd never finished an animation before and had no idea what I was doing.
Channel 4 helped out with much-appreciated financial support (plus uncredited script
editing from commissioning editor Robert Popper) while Channel X kindly agreed to
produce and give me office space, but it was the brilliant animator Karl Cresser
- who had also worked with Tim on the Pod animations and various other things - who
ensured the show actually got made. With a wider cast of characters and great voice
acting by Hils Barker and Mackenzie Crook, it's deliberately a more "professional"
piece of work than the previous episode. But it suffers from losing the home-made
ambience and, though there are some nice moments, the subject matter is too weighty,
the audio track is stultifyingly lifeless and I forgot to put any jokes in it. Basically
I'm saying it's worthy but it's just not funny. Still, it was a first step for me
into the world of television and frankly it's a miracle it got made at all.