Any time Simon Pegg and Nick Frost collaborate, it’s pure joy. They’ve given us Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and many more great projects. That’s why when their new series Truth Seekers was announced, fans got very excited. Fortunately, Comic Con decided to get the duo together, as well as co-creators James Serafinowicz and Nat Saunders, for a virtual panel discussion to chat about the show and to give us an exclusive teaser trailer.
Truth Seekers is a comedy horror series about a team of part-time paranormal investigators who try to uncover and film ghost sightings across the UK. Nick Frost plays main character Gus who installs Broadband for a living. He describes Gus as lost and as a man “looking for truth in many aspects of his life”. As for Gus’ reason for getting into ghost hunting – “He lost someone very close to him. His love for the paranormal came from her. When she died, he picked up the reins, hoping to somehow see her again – maybe in another realm – that’s his drive”.
Simon Pegg plays Gus’ boss at the broadband company. Pegg didn’t give much away about his character other than to hint that he may be up to something nefarious. He did however chat about how much he loved working with Frost again – “Working with Nick is like coming home. I always felt cosy. Him being there made it easy”. Frost echoed these sentiments – “It’s always nice having Simon on set. I just love looking on the call sheet and seeing Simon’s in. I get to work with my best mate”. Their friendship is key to why this show came about – when Frost and Pegg were younger they would go ghost hunting together and thought “Wouldn’t this be cool as a job?’ – this inspired them to create the show. Another thing that influenced the series was their shared love of The X-Files to which viewers will see certain nods to throughout the show.
In addition to Frost and Pegg, there is a very talented group of cast members. Serafinowicz was very excited to share how fantastic the actors were, highlighting Emma D’Arcy, Malcolm McDowell, and Susie Wokoma – “We have a never-ending stream of great performers, probably doing things they haven’t done before”.
As well as having a good cast, something the creators were very focused on getting right was the genre, specifically achieving a balance between the horror and the comedy. Pegg stated that they didn’t want to make fun of the horror and took it very seriously, playing the comedy adjacent to it. Saunders stated that there was an “old school horror vibe” to the series and that they achieved this by trying to practical effects over CGI, and even shot on lenses used on Return of the Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Their dedication to the show and love of the paranormal was evident throughout the panel, which should reassure fans about the good quality of the series and get them excited for when it premieres later this year on Amazon Prime. If you want more Truth Seekers content, head over to Amazon where there the creators answer Twitter questions and IGN interviews Nick Frost.