'The Children of Castor' - an 80s apocalyptic science fiction TV series is a hit with young British viewers. For its young stars, Andy Van Allen (Brydon) and Nick Lee (Coogan), the future looks bright. Twenty years later, the show still has a dedicated following. Whilst Nick is a successful actor in 'Sherlock Holmes in Miami', Andy's career has not fared so well. Even so, surely his fortunes haven't sunk to the level of 'The Children of Castor fan cruise...
Warm, touching, and full of pathos.
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Yet another of those one off BBC comedy drama's that seemed to be shown once never to be repeated again; 'Cruise Of The Gods' revolves around the character of 'Andy Van Allen' (Rob Brydon), a has been actor who, in his hey-day was the star of a cult 1980's low budget TV Sci-Fi show called 'The Children Of Castor'. Now an out of work actor reduced to working as a hotel porter, and with the offer of some quick cash and a free holiday, he reluctantly agrees to appear at a 'Children Of Castor' fan convention which is taking place on a Mediterranean cruise ship. As well as having to relive his part of a dire TV show he would rather forget and mixing with adoring fans who he doesn't really like, to his horror he finds himself upstaged by the surprise appearance of his old 'Children Of Castor' co-star 'Nick Lee' (Steve Coogan), who unlike Andy has gone on to be a Hollywood star and also in the Mediterranean on location filming a 'Sherlock Holmes in Miami' Christmas special. As a comedy it isn't laugh out loud funny, but it's a warm, touching, humorous drama, full of pathos, about a man coming to terms with and embracing both his past and the man is today.