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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2001
I remember watching this series when it got its first (and only) run on BBC 2 in 1987. I nearly died of laughter. Ritchie the hopeless hasbeen TV celeb, excelently acted by Rik Mayall is so desperate to get on tv that he plots to kill his father, who it turns out he dosent know. The strongest character is Eddie Catflap, (Ade Edmondson) who is Ritchie`s minder although he was reminded once by Ralph Filthy (Nigel Playner) " You are Ritchie`s Minder, but you are never there when he needs you , and when he gets beaten up you join in !".I still have some of the original recordings which were severly edited when relesed on video, probably due to the poitical , topical content of the time, Mrs Thatcher (a wonderwoman workaholic who leads a 36hr day, well you would need 36 hours a day to screw things up the way she does !!) Shame on you BBC for not giving this a chance rather than the rather inferior Bottom which was a spin-off and relies on visuaul rather than good old fashioned wit for most of its laughs. I would pay good money to see this series in its uncut entirety again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2003
3 Episodes of the funniest, wittiest and frankly fabbest comedy ever to grace our humble screens! Washed-up and untalented actor Richie Rich (Rik Mayall) is desperate for fame, his only credits are as the first dummy in the window on 'are you being served' and a carpet ad. His minder Eddie Catflap (Ade Edmondson) is a mindless drunk, who takes joy in Richies misfortunes. Richies seedy agent (and brothel owner) Ralph Filthy (Nigel Planer) never gets poor Richie any work. In episode 1, Richie accidently 'stiffs some milkies' (kills some milkmen) and then finds out he has a paternity suit filed against him! Can smelly Eddie save the day? In episode 2 we find out that Richie has amazingly found some work, appearing on the gameshow 'Oo-er sounds a bit rude!' After an embarassing incident in the Nolan sisters shower, Richie has to come up with £1000, or they'll go to the papers. Meanwhile Eddie becomes an extremely talented artist, with burps going for £250 each! Also starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. In Episode 3, Richie decides to host a dinner party for his showbiz chums. But it all goes terribly wrong when Eddie is caught in the supermarket with frozen chicken stuffed down his trousers. What would Tarby say? Looks like it's prison for the both of them.... A brilliant video that w make you howl with laughter. Best bits? Richie disguised as a milkman in episode 1, and Rik and Ade dancing with the Nolans at the end of episode 2. Classic! A must for Rik and Ade fans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 23 October 2002
The classic quote for all those who love to spout quotes. Ralph Filthy (Nigel Planer) Richie Rich's (Rik Mayall) agent and purveyor of 'discount brothels' when faced with a dillema comes back with the line "When the going get's tough, the tough have a fag and a drink and a ponder!" It's a motto I've lived my life by.
Ade Edmonson and Rik Mayall run riot in another outing of their alter egos Richie and Eddie (it must have taken them weeks to come up with the names). First seen in the Dangerour brothers, Re-Named For the Young ones (Rik and Vyv cos Rik had a hand in the writing and Eddie Didn't) and perhaps most famously in Bottom.
Mindless violence, (no matter how many milkmen you kill its not going to become fashionable) Political Satire (the next time you get beaten up try calling an alternative policemen) the threat of 'one little drinky' and Anne Diamond sending herself up!
But perhaps the most classic scene is the satire of 'Triv' the fab new game that all the guys are playing!
Grab Tarby, Lynchie, Brucie and Tom O'Connery round for a great night in with this Vid - you won't be sorry
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 June 2001
rik and eddie are joined by filthy ralph a seedy talent agent and pornographer. this series takes a swipe at just about every televisual traddition, institution and star of the day,unfairly lambasted by the critics. very purile, extremely course, utterly childish and immature. yes, everything you love about richie and eddie is right here. rik mayall is still fine tuning the richie character at this point but never the less shamelessly funny. double entendre's every minute. absolutely brilliant.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2000
Why this series was so slammed by critics remains a mystery 2 me. If you're a fan of "Bottom" then this is 4 u. For me, Rik Mayall, as usual, gets on my nerves but Adrian Edmonson is the king of slapstick humour. He surpasses his character as Eddie in Bottom playing Mayall's bodyguard intent on causing his employer as much pain as possible. My favourite episode is where the pair plan to kill Rik's father hoping to employ a hit man in a "rough East-End pub". Edmonson, at his best, confronts two tough applicant's on their ability to kill by calling them "wet lettuce leaves", "crying home to mummy" and " a couple of poofs". It is only at this point they find out it is a homosexual pub. Brillant and totally under rated.
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on 26 March 2006
The comedy was hit and miss, but mainly hit. If you are new to the comedy stylings of Mayall, Edmonson and Planner, then I suggest watching something like the Young Ones before watching this. However, if you are a fan, I would reccomend it as a must.
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