Actually, review is a bit of a grand word because I am rather busy today – but I wanted to alert you to this great film. Okay, it’s not new and maybe you’ve seen it, but if not…
A great cast, lots of tension, nice twist, evil Nazi doctor and a bit of an open end – what more could you want? I’m just not sure that Sam Worthington will be too chuffed about how some think he may look in 30 years time, but I dare say he was well paid.
Continuing my unlikely look-alikes, have you noticed how Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) with his shaved head looks awfully like Count Dracula (Klaus Kinsky)? I think we should be told about this.
I couldn’t help noticing the similarities between Harry the Hopping Haystack and much-lauded author Hilary Mantel. Is there some relationship we should be told about?
The title, Vicious, promised acid banter to start the disgusted tongues clicking in Middle England. Instead we got dated, camp bitchiness and humour that would have been at home in a Victorian music hall. The cast, including two – if not three – of the best actors to have ever graced the small screen, gave hope that at least the characters would strike a few timely discords. Instead, with the exception of Frances de la Tour who delivered a couple of blinders, we are left wondering whatever happened to the talented Knights of the Realm who won their honours playing far better than this. The whole thing felt like a provincial amateur production where the actors had been instructed to make sure they offended no one. Still, no doubt there are elderly Roman Catholic heterosexual couples who found it charming, and if it has knocked even the tiniest hole in their bigotry then it deserves some credit.
How could the writer have Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi and Frances de la Tour in his hands and still come up with this pitiful offering? It’s like giving a chef fine herbs, the best Scotch beef, some Beluga caviar, aparagus and truffles, only to be served beans on toast.
Vicious, ITV – Mondays 9pm
Apparently it’s St. George’s Day (I’m not into saints, I’m afraid) so a good excuse to remind those old enough of, and introduce the younger ones among you to, the old TV comedy series George and The Dragon.
L-R: Keith Marsh, Peggy Mount, Sid James
The hit series ran from 1966 to 1968 and starred Sid James, Peggy Mount and John Le Mesurier. Peggy was known for her rather loud voice, which she put to use in many TV and film roles.
Peggy Pushing The Men About in Sailor Beware
Here’s the first episode of George and The Dragon. Bottoms up!