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This review is from: Tutti Frutti [DVD]  (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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Initial post: 15 Jul 2009 21:45:15 BDT
Mike Masterton says:
At last it's coming,like others I have waited for years,now it'd finally nearly over.Can't wait to see it again.Robbie Coltrain / Emma Thompson / Dawn Steele / Richard Wilson,what a cast ! I can't remember Dawn Steele being in it,but it was a long time ago.The gorgeous Dawn Steele YES ! Robbie & Emma dancing together again,awup bam a luba, tuttie fruttie.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jul 2009 11:44:25 BDT
Dawn Steele was not in the TV series, but played the Emma Thompson role (Suzy Kettles) in a stage musical a year or two back.
Posted on 7 Dec 2011 23:19:01 GMT
Thompson's mother is a Glaswegian, so she's been hearing the accent, (albeit possibly modified) all her life. Maybe that's why she sounded convincing. At the time, I too thought she was "a local" (I'm also a Glaswegian), and when a short time afterwards saw her on a tv chat show, wondered why she was trying to sound English. Then I found out she WAS!
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