Tutti Frutti 1987

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All six episodes of the cult BBC Scotland comedy drama series penned by John Byrne. Over-the-hill Scottish rockers The Majestics are all set to embark on their farewell tour when their lead singer, Big Jazza McGlone, is killed in a car accident. At his funeral the group's manager, Eddie Clockerty (Richard Wilson), persuades Jazza's younger brother Danny (Robbie Coltrane) to join the band as a replacement. Emma Thompson co-stars as fellow band member and all-round sharp cookie Suzi Kettles.

Starring:
Emma Thompson, Robbie Coltrane
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Tutti Frutti - Disc 1 ages_12_and_over
  • Tutti Frutti - Disc 2 ages_12_and_over
Runtime 6 hours 6 minutes
Starring Emma Thompson, Robbie Coltrane
Director Tony Smith
Genres Drama
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN VIDEO
Rental release 3 August 2009
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful By doublegone TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 July 2009
Format: DVD
Finally the BBC has got its act together and released this magnificent series on DVD. It has never had an official release, even on tape. Rumours circulate about problems with copyright of the music, lost footage, and reluctant actors. Whatever it was they've sorted it and over 20 years on its finally here!

Written in only a few weeks in a shed next to the Tay by acclaimed painter and polymath John Byrne, the series follows the misadventures of ageing rockers, The Majestics, as they tour the backwaters of Scotland.

It will show up much of today's British TV. It took risks. It moved at a sedate pace, stretched out in its characterisations and revelled in great dialogue. Consider that in 1987 this and the Singing Detective were on our screens. Seen anything as good as that lately?

This was the first time that Emma Thompson came to my attention. I'm from the West of Scotland myself, and when I saw this performance I assumed the actress was from Glasgow. She carried the West End accent off so well. Coltrane is of course magnificent, along with Katie Murphy and Richard Wilson, and the rest of the cast is made up of many of the stalwarts we have seen as ever shuffling bit players in Scottish TV and theatre over the years.

Absolutely unmissable stuff.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By GordonD on 25 July 2009
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At long last 'Tutti Frutti' is out on DVD and I can finally retire my off-air VHS recordings, which are nearly worn out. This is a terrific series - if you've never seen it, I envy you as you will have the pleasure of meeting Danny-Boy and Suzi for the first time. Not forgetting the fabulous Richard Wilson as band manager Eddie Clockerty. Maybe now people he meets in the street will once again ask him to say "Miss Tonerrrrrr!" as he calls for his secretary, instead of Victor Meldrew's "I don't belieeeve it!!".

The only disappointment - the relative lack of extras; just an interview with writer John Byrne and another with Emma Thompson (which turns out to be a contemporary appearance on Terry Wogan's chat show). Perfection would have been a commentary track with Coltraine, Thompson and Wilson, though the chances of getting them all together at the same time must be practically zero, so it's no real surprise we didn't get one. But that doesn't detract from the series itself, still one of the best things that BBC Scotland has ever done.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By M. G. Gray on 9 Aug. 2009
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I watched this as a young twenty something when it first aired back in 1987 and had always harboured very fond views of it . I purchased the DVD with some trepidation worried that my memory may have oversold it to me and for the first episode and a half the slow pace (by today's standards)left me slightly deflated. However the series then hit its stride and the belly laughs came thick and fast mixed with moments of real sadness and beautiful poignancy.Some of the physical comedy in particular had tears of laughter rolling down my cheeks. Volcanic eruptions of anger from the various band members produce the best moments. The Majestics are a band that are ever only one barbed comment away from World War Three. All the actors are on the top of their game but special mention to Maurice Roeves as Vinny (more the fire man than the iron man of Scottish rock!) who comes up with the mother of all cataclysmic breakdowns at the end.Oh and Emma Thompson deserves praise for mastering a perfect Glasgow accent and looking so damn gorgeous.A five star must buy, it has not dated.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. R. Lovell on 30 Aug. 2009
Format: DVD
It was a pleasure to revisit the Tutti Frutti series which has just been re-released by the BBC. After reading an article by Emma Thompson in the Glasgow Herald where she was going to buy a dozen sets for her friend's Christmas presents this year I simply had to find out if it was as funny as I remembered - it was.

The script by John Byrne was pure Weegie wit and the characterisation was spot-on for the re-forming of the rock band "The Majestics", based in Glasgow and on tour in Scotland. The best part of course is the rock n roll music of the 50s around which these stories are based.

Robbie Coltrane as Big Jazzer and Emma Thompson as Suzy Kettles are completely believable as the lead singer and the stand-in for Vincent who had some disastrous events which prevented him from ever appearing at a gig until the last part of the last episode. All of the acting was brilliant and you can tell that they all had a really good time doing this series. Tartan Noir at it's best.

There is a waiting list for friends of ours who want to borrow it, but we will make sure we get it back to watch again and keep.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Egan on 26 July 2009
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I watched Tutti Frutti on TV in the late 1980s. I taped the series on video. I bought the soundtrack on CD. Recently found the paperback book of it on-line. I haven't got the T shirt though. But this is just a terrific show which doesn't age a bit. It cracks me up, even when its tragic and no laughin' matter. A great script, full of brilliant one-liners. Top class performances by all the actors. The music is good too. How to turn the lives of over the hill Scots rock and rollers into pure gold, its just perfect alchemy.Buy it and live it.Don't miss it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen F. Wilkins on 12 Aug. 2009
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I also had fond memories of this,and watching it again after so long was a pure joy,all the cast were brilliant and it would be churlish to pick the best,the writing was second to none,funny poignant witty its so hard to describe perfection,welcome back The Majestics you were superb
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