The show, originally transmitted back in 1992, is set in Frank's shed/back garden. In each episode, celebrity guests (including Keith Chegwin and Bob Holness - we're talking A list here) visit Frank to give him their advice on whatever harebrained scheme he has though up that week.
Accompanying Frank in his shed is the Godlike Mark Radcliffe playing shop owner/keyboardist Emerson Lake, and a rather pointless character Alfonso, who from what I understand undertakes manual repair work. There is also an early appearence from the wonderful Mrs Merton (aka Caroline Aherne) and a brief cameo from Stella Street's Phil Cornwell.
Whilst the above have gone on to huge success, Sidebottom seems to have retained showbiz anonyminty, but that seems to suit the character very well.
The show makes very little sense, is at times quite disturbing, and the production values are low - all together making it an absolute cult classic.
Fantastic, some might say.
I found this show very humorous and funny. It looks 'home-made', as does most of Frank's stuff. It's very interesting to watch this show as it contains an early version of Mrs Merton (Caroline Aherne) who has been doing the Mrs Merton character for years even as part of Frank's Piccadilly radio show. It also features Phil Cornwell (that comedian from 'Stella Street' which I didn't watch but I remember him from his 'Gilbert the smelly alien' days). It also features Mark Radcliffe as Emerson Lake (the grocer). And if you enjoy Mark and Lard's comedy, then it's a good bet that you'll like this too as they were associated with Frank. In fact a very very lot of The Shirehorses songs sound similar to Frank songs...
Oh yes, and it contains music from Oceanic (remember them?) London Beat and someone else. Also Keith Chegwin, Bob Holness and the late 'Tosh' off of TV's 'The Bill'.
Frank is a comedy genius. You know he is, he really is.
Whether it's planned or not I don't know, but the improvised feel only enhances the comedy value.
I would recommend this to anyone with a half decent sense of humour!
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