"I’ve become the poster child for the geek generation," says the Spaced creator, "and it’s not something I want to be.
It’s a busy day in Peggville. Out at Simon Pegg’s very big house in the Hertfordshire countryside, 40 minutes north of London by commuter train, there is bustle and stress. Gardeners roam the grounds, the cleaner is in, and Hollywood is breathing down the actor’s neck.
He was hired earlier this year to co-write the third instalment of the re-invigorated Star Trek film series. By 6pm today – when Los Angeles wakes up – he has to have cut 180 pages of the script down to 135.