One of the nice things about Steve Coogan's critical and commercial success over the past 20 years or so is that even his flops can find their way to DVD. 'The Tony Ferrino Phenomenon' is one of those - an attempt to break away from the likes of Alan Partridge and Paul Calf, with a character who's clearly inspired by old school singers of the Tom Jones / Englebert Humperdinck stable. 'Phenomenon' is a well-observed spoof of singer-led light entertainment shows of the 60s and 70s, and whilst Ferrino didn't really take off as a character, it's by no means a disappointment. There's a lot to enjoy here, and it's a shame the character didn't have much of a life beyond this (his appearance in Coogan's live show 'The Man Who Thinks He's It' notwithstanding). If you haven't seen it, or have only dim memories of it, give it a try - it's better than popular opinion would have you believe.
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