In a dim and distant future there will be a saying among the descendants of humans: ‘Stick that Simon Pegg in a film and it’ll be well worth watching.’ In fact, Simonpegg may become a word for just that feeling – the knowledge that something will be worth your time.

Back to the present. The UK Premiere of Ben Palmer’s Man Up took over The Curzon Mayfair this evening with Simon Pegg and guests, including two Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, in attendance. Though we didn’t speak to Lake Bell she is proving to be a wonderful talent – In a World is definitely Simonpegg.

Inbetweeners director Ben Palmer directs the script from Tess Morris, and from what we’ve seen so far they’re trying to subvert the rom-conventions at every turn. Which, let us be frank, is a bloody good thing. A synopsis is below if you find yourself in the area of Need, MI.

Colin Hart and Cassam Looch were on hand this evening to interview the great and the good, here’s how they got on.

 Simon Pegg

On writing Star Trek 3:

We’ve got a draft and now we’re doing notes on the draft. The time is all squeezed because we start shooting in six weeks…so it’s a very compressed process but it’s bringing out the best in us.


Writer Tess Morris

Ophelia Lovibond

Director Ben Palmer


Iain de Caestecker and Nick Blood

Ken Stott

Paul Thornley

Producers Nira Park, Rachel Prior & James Biddle


Meet Nancy: 34, single (still), hungover (again), and exhausted by the endless futile set ups foisted upon her by well-meaning but clueless friends. As she travels across London to toast another 10 years of her parents’ blissfully happy marriage, 40-year-old, freshly-hatched divorcee Jack mistakes her for his 24-year-old blind date. In a moment of uncharacteristic optimism (or insanity?), Nancy decides to just go with it… What follows is a chaotic, unconventional, hilarious night neither of them will ever forget.

MAN UP is a romantic comedy about being yourself… or perhaps not being yourself. It’s about taking chances, making decisions and rolling with the consequences.