All six revolting episodes from the third series of 'Bottom', which presented Adrian Edmondson and Rik Mayall in similarly unpleasant roles to those that they played in 'The Young Ones' and 'Filthy, Rich and Catflap'. The stories are 'Hole', 'Terror', 'Break', 'Dough', 'Finger' and 'Carnival'.
Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson give the flat-share sitcom a much needed kick up the Bottom
in the show which, alongside Men Behaving Badly
(1992-8) injected new life into a legendarily dire genre. With glorious comic gusto they play Richie Rich and Eddie Hitler, a pair of misfits barely surviving unemployment in a Hammersmith hovel. They spend their life in frustration, minus female company or money, in facile schemes to entertain or better themselves, their best intentions always proving the catalyst for hilariously OTT cartoon-style violence. The humour benefits from being rude, crude and surreal, and though happily bereft of subtlety or sense the situations and set-pieces are always superbly constructed, delivered and directed. But that's only to be expected from a show that essentially presents two of The Young Ones a decade down the line. --Gary S Dalkin