This tape starts with Micky Love, from the series Rik Mayall Presents. It’s written by Peter Morgan, who also wrote, among many other things, Frost/Nixon, The Queen, The Deal, The Damned United and also some things that didn’t star Michael Sheen.
Micky Love stars Rik Mayall as the eponymous Micky, a more serious take on Richie Rich from the earlier Filthy Rich and Catflap. It opens with a frankly scary Hughie Green relating an anecdote about Micky. “I said ‘What do you want to be when you grow up, son?’ He looked me straight in the eye, and I can remember the exact words he used. He said ‘I’m going to be you.'”
Micky presents Family Values, a hit Saturday Night TV show. But a (false) rumour gets started that his show is going to be cancelled to make room for a new show pitched by Alan Cumming.
At the same time, plans are afoot for Micky to appear on Time of Your Life (a This Is Your Life style show). His contract is up for renewal, and the head of programming, Eleanor Bron, is keen to keep him on. “We hang on to the good ones.”
But the rumour mill turns, and Micky starts getting paranoid. And the secrecy around Time of your Life leads to conversations at cross purposes.
Jennifer Ehle plays Micky’s assistant.
Eleanor Bron is head of the channel, with her deputy Peter Capaldi
Also working with Bron and Capaldi is Michael Maloney.
Nick Hancock makes a brief appearance as an interviewer.
And Malcolm McLaren is one of the guests for Time of your Life
It’s quite dark, this one. And definitely doesn’t have a happy ending.
Next, it’s Briefest Encounter co-starring Amanda Donohoe. Rik and she have hooked up and gone back to her place, which looks like the set for a Cadbury’s Flake advert.
This is a pure two-hander in which a potential romantic evening turns into a horror-filled nightmare.
Finally on this tape, Dancing Queen co-starring Helena Bonham Carter. Rik Mayall is the bridegroom on his stag night, Helena Bonham Carter is the stripper hired for the evening.
Mayall is put on a train to Scarborough while he’s drunk, and happens to share a carriage with Bonham Carter, so naturally, when they get to Scarborough, she has to reluctantly help him, despite him being the most enormous arse.
Nathanial Parker is his best man, and Martin Clunes is his friend, who are supposed to meet him in Scarborough but fail miserably.
I have to admit, Stag Night stories are one of my least favourite types of story. But this one does all the right things, and in the end Mayall himself does all the right things, and he and Bonham Carter have a very happy ending together.
- Stella Artois
- BT – Stephen Hawking
- Radion Micro
- Citroen Xantia
- Coors Extra Gold – John Ratzenberger
- Business Pages
- Peugeot 306
- Passenger 57
- Everything But The Girl
- McDonalds Pizza
- trail: News at Ten
- A Diamond is Forever
- I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter
- Texas Homecare
- Cream Silk