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  • Actors: Rik Mayall, Michael Maloney, Emily Bruni, Don Warrington, Mark Perry
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fremantle
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Sept. 2002
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JNAZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,509 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Adonis Cnut (Rik Mayall) is the cleverest man in Britain. He is paid vast amounts of money for his views, consulted by the government and is irresistible to women. However, he is bored. To find adventure he decides to join the shadowy organisation of The Council for International Progress which controls everything going on in the world. He also pursues the only woman that shows no interest in him, Dr Hannah Awkward (Emily Bruni). Accompanied by his manservant Albumen (Michael Maloney) the pair endure many challenges in the episodes: 'Get Rich Quick', 'Prepare to Meteor Maker', 'Might as Well Face It, You're Addicted to Fudge', 'Double First', 'The Unhappy Eater' and 'Just a Minute'.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 Jun. 2003
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I am a huge Rik Mayall fan and was pleased to find this video. Rik plays a Professor Adonis Cnut, who is the most intelligant man in the world, and is irrisistable to women, except to the lovely professor Hannah Awkward.
it's the perfect role for Rik. Adonis is arrogant, a complete perv and womaniser, yet unlike Richie (in bottom) he gets what he wants.
His butler, Albumen, is really funny, and seems to be in love with Adonis, or brainwashed. There are characters played by Rory Bremner too, which also adds to the comedy.
i highly recommend it, especially to Rik Mayall fans.
a quote from the program:
"I'm bored Albumen, i need to have sex. sex with an alien life form.... have we still got Anne Robinson's phone number?"
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Rik Mayall is absolutely brilliant as Quadruple Professor Adonis Cnut (pronounced "Canute"), the cleverest man in England and Oxford's leading moral philosopher, who is very ably supported by Michael Maloney as Adonis Cnut's faithful man-servant Bryan Albumen who is hopelessly devoted to the professor and lives for him and him alone, and Emily Bruni as Dr Hannah Awkward who becomes professor of pedantics, and she sees herself as being obese and ugly even though she is not.

Believe Nothing was written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, the writing team responsible for the Yorkshire Television political satire The New Statesman which saw Rik Mayall star as Conservative MP Alan B'Stard. I remembered Believe Nothing being on the telly back in 2002 but I never got to see it when it was first on, and I don't think it ever got repeated since. I watched the first episode "Get Rich Quick" on YouTube a little while ago and liked it enough to buy the complete series on DVD, and when watching it on DVD I was laughing quite a lot, in fact I decided to watch the entire series in one go.

Although Believe Nothing was much hyped by ITV, who were hoping to repeat the success of Gran and Marks' previous project with Rik Mayall, the successful The New Statesman, the series failed to catch on (becoming one in a string of ITV's high-hoped sitcoms to have not met expectations), and was dropped after one series. I believe it's probably because ITV chose to air the series on a Sunday evening at 10pm which doesn't really work out because, to the best of my knowledge, people who watch TV usually go to bed earlier on a Sunday evening before going to work the following morning.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Gillybean on 1 Oct. 2002
Format: DVD
All six episodes of the bizarre series penned by Maurice Gran and Laurence Marks starring Rik Mayall and Michael Maloney. Rik Mayall plays 'Quadruple Professor Adonis Cnut'- the cleverest man in Britain who is recruited by The Council for International Progress (i.e. the 13 shadowy figures who secretly control the world!) to help them in their dealings. Cnut is aided by his faithful manservant 'Brian Albumen' (Maloney - is there no end to this man's talent?) and the 'Luscious Hannah Awkward' (Emily Bruni) through many of today's global issues... that take a Marks & Gran twist...
The DVD has more extras than I'd hoped for- interviews with Mayall, Maloney, Bruni and Marks & Gran, and also includes 22 outtakes. If you're a fan of Rik Mayall or Michael Maloney (or both) - I promise you'll love this!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mail-order Christ on 23 April 2012
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ITV were obviously trying to recreate the success of The New Statesman, and while they failed in that respect, there's still enough silliness to justify a viewing. It's relatively cheap so if you're a fan of Mayall then this represents decent value for money, and the other two main characters are pretty funny and well acted as well. Not overly memorable, but not one you'd try to forget.
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By DeeJay on 16 Aug. 2011
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I missed this series when it came out in 2002 (?), and as a great fan of Ryk Mayall I don't know how that happened - having just come across a mention of it by chance I bought a copy recently and absolutely loved it, just disappointed that there was never a second series - very, very funny if you enjoy Ryk Mayall's humour, and his valet is brilliant too.
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By Bray on 21 April 2013
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As a Rik Mayall fan, I liked this but might not be everyone's thing. Not a patch on Bottom or the Young Ones but for £3.50 a great price and I found it funny and worth watching.
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