9:00pm Thursday, March 17 on F4
Everyone’s had holidays they would rather forget about, but few will have left a mark as profound as Stephen’s (Edward Hogg) appalling European trip. The journey so traumatised him that, in the 12 months since he’s returned, he’s not found the strength to leave the safety of his flat. The Mighty Boosh director Paul King’s comedy, made for �750,000 in just six weeks, has been widely lauded for its bravura invention, employing a panoply of devices – from animation and collage to hand-crafted backdrops – and wild leaps of the imagination. From the haven of his King’s Cross garret, Stephen recalls how the jaunt with his rakish, domineering friend Bunny (Simon Farnaby) morphed into the stuff of nightmares, climaxing in a terrifying encounter with the bull of the title. Among the bizarre characters they bump into along the way are a Hungarian tramp (Julian Barratt) and a suave bullfighter (Noel Fielding), and Stephen’s love interest, Spanish waitress Eloisa (Ver�nica Echegui).