- Actors: Rowland Rivron, Simon Brint, Jools Holland, Jonathan Ross
- Language: Castilian
- Classification: 18
- Studio: ITV DVD
- VHS Release Date: 16 Oct. 1995
- Run Time: 75 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- ASIN: B00004CPCR
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,980 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The story of French and Saunder's legendary backing band. Duane (Rowland Rivron) believes the duo are finally about to hit the big time when the manufacturer of rubber gloves decides to use one of their band's songs as part of a new advertising campaign. However Ken (Simon Brint) is not too keen to sell out. The comedy film features appearances from Jonathon Ross and Jools Holland.
Top Customer Reviews
Simon Brint and Rowland Rivron play the parts of a soft-spoken father-in-law and his non-achieving, pisshead son trying to scrape a living as the inoffensive lounge bar act Raw Sex. Kind of like an even more tragic Steptoe & Son (without the biliousness). A terrific supporting cast populate a cloyingly seedy (but never threatening) London, creating a perfect snapshot of everything naff about British life. Particular favourites include Reg Prince - a simple-minded puppeteer, and Johnny Blackpool - a psychotic cab driver suffering from Falklands flashbacks. According to Mark Benton (who plays a karaoke-singing) barman, nearly all the dialogue was improvised which explains the great sense of realism and authenticity.
The storyline sees the troubled and difficult resurrection of a big-band whose members perished in a plane crash years ago. Ken Bishop (bandleader and last surviving member) eventually agrees to re-record one of the band's hits for a rubber glove TV commercial. But the plot is merely an excuse to affectionately showcase the unfashionable glitterball cabaret circuit as well as the aforementioned cast of oddballs and no-lifes. Special mention must go to the portrayal of the advertising industry - it's spot-on... Anybody who's ever sat in a meeting with ad world 'creatives' is in for a treat as Crispian and Miles discuss 'sexy' imagery and Vangelis.
This is essential viewing which loses just one star for the inclusion of a corny and hackneyed heavy metal guitarist character who tries to join 'Ken Bishop's Nice 12'. A little bit too obvious and out of place.
Silly but special...