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The complete series of the sci-fi comedy drama from acclaimed 'Quatermass' writer Nigel Kneale. Des Kinvig (Tony Haygarth) is an ordinary electrical repair man and UFO spotter, whose life is radically changed when he meets the beautiful Miss Griffin (Prunella Gee). She turns out to be an emissary from the planet Mercury, and recruits Des to help in an ongoing galactic war against the dreaded ant-like Xux creatures, who have Earth in their sights. But are Kinvig's intergalactic adventures real, or just the product of an overactive imagination? Episodes are: 'Contact'; 'Creature of Xux'; 'Double, Double'; 'The Big Benders'; 'Where Are You Mis Griffin?'; 'The Humanoid Factory'; and 'The Mystery of Netta'.
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The series focuses on lazy Des Kinvig (Haygarth) who runs an electrical repair shop. A sci-fi fanatic with his dedicated UFO spotting best friend. One day beautiful, and seemingly constantly angry Miss Griffin (Gee) enters his shop with as a customer with a complaint. Not only is this posh bird very attractive, she is otherworldly too. Or is she? is it all in Kinvig's head? ... the audience never does find out.
This was an interesting idea, and mildly amusing. Prunella Gee really looks stunning in her skimpy alien outfits, and although she was never the best actress on television, she was competent in most roles, and Miss Griffin is one of her most memorable creations. Whilst each episode, as dry as it can be in places, is perfectly watchable enough, I didn't find them as funny as the audience appeared to, but Prunella is certainly enough eye-candy to make you want to see the next one. Though the budget restrictions were clearly in place, the sets are satisfactory, the special effects are quite good for a TV show made in the very early '80s, the music is pretty great as well, and the interactions between Kinvig and the alien formed Miss Griffin is, at times, rather touching, with her giving him support, and showing him with complements, as opposed to the human self who is constantly shouting at him.
I did enjoy 'Kinvig' on a whole, and like I've said, found it mildly entertaining as a comedy, but it isn't a great sitcom by any means. It will probably appeal more to the true fan of the sci-fi genre, if you don't mind that those who believe in outer space life are the butt of the jokes, and lightly ridiculed, whereas others could probably just give it a miss.
The DVD set from those lovely people at Network also includes a detailed and interesting booklet about this forgotten, unusual ITV series, a photo gallery on the disc, as well as behind the scenes off-cuts (much of which has lost it's sound), making it very good value for money, and a collector's package.
One cannot help feel that Nigel Kneale was writing this with his tongue in his cheek and having a dig at UFO watchers, the first episode has many examples of Des' friend Jim's wide eyed amazement over UFO's in Buckingham Palace,"everyone saw them" and the UFO's he missed because he was in the town the day before. Kneale also has the aliens originally coming from Atlantis but fleeing to Mercury when Atlantis was destroyed. A great way of getting as many conspiracy theories as he can together. It is also an unveiled dig at those who believed Venus was inhabited by aliens, "too bloody hot" then explaining the reason for moving to Mercury, which is hotter, is that it is hollow with an inland sea. Jim is the archetypal believe anything UFOnaut and this confirms several of his beliefs.
Prunella Gee is good as Miss Griffin who appears in her Earth disguise as a constantly complaining customer, and council temp and, most important, in a series of skimpy "futuristic" outfits. She brings her 3 weird ship mates and a heavily disguised Simon Williams with her through the 7 episodes.
As a comedy it is not side splitting and the canned laughter is annoying but it does bring back many memories. Linking Des' struggle against the local council to an alien conspiracy to manufacture humanoid replicas and to bend metals like cutlery to starve people, and bend keys to lock people out of their houses and cars is clever. The speed at which anything slightly odd, no matter how inocuous becomes an obvious sign of an Alien conspiracy is well handled.
There are a few digs at what are seen as classic Alien contact signs, cars breaking down and loss of memory.
For those like me who saw the original it is a nostalgia trip and a departure for Nigel Kneale who is one of the most important figures in TV fantasy. There are even some dream sequences where creatures similar to Kneale's insect like Martians from Quatermass and the Pit appear.
You also get a well presented booklet on the history of the series. Well done Network for getting 2 Nigel Kneale gems out this month, Beasts and Kinvig.
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