I have no idea why this isn't Big Important International News™ (actually I do) but one my favourite shows has finally been released on DVD
. That's right, Filthy, Rich and Catflap
The DVD seems to be missing a couple of songs due to contractual difficulties but no matter, if you loved this when it was first broadcasted (and it has never been repeated, at all) you'll need to get this.
Widely regarded as the lesser of the adventures of Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmundson, after the phenomenal success of The Young Ones and before the fart jokes of Bottom came Filthy, Rich and Catflap. A show about a failed actor (Mayall), his minder (Ade) and his sleazy impresario (Nigel Planer).
The show poked fun at pretty much everyone in the British TV industry and is supposed to have rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. This may be one reason for it's quiet demise, but the main reason for it's lack of success (or even recognition) may be entirely due to the filthy, sometimes downright cheap, jokes.
Still, it made a big impression on me in my youth and I still have an extremely crappy videotape of the original broadcasts on Dutch television and this gets watched every other year or so.
If you like British comedy and don't mind cheap jokes, actors talking to the camera and wanton destruction then this one is for you. If you like The Young Ones and Bottom you'll like this too, if only for the historical perspective of what Ade and Mayall did in between, and to see Nigel Planer look as much unlike Neil as is humanly possible.
If all you like is polished American comedy like Ally McBeal or Friends sit this one out. You won't get it and you probably never will.