Imagine Beverly Hills has been carpet-bombed. The mansions are gone. Where could Hollywood’s uber-celebrities move to? In 1997, the answer was Stella Street in London: a quiet corner of the city that offered sanctuary to the likes of Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson and other stars from Britain, the Us and beyond. In a single leafy street (actually Hartswood Road in W12, still a place of pilgrimage for fans of the show) they could have peace, and nip out to do their shopping paparazzi-free at the local newsagent, which was run by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
This was the absurd scenario dreamed up by Comic Strip director Peter Richardson, and acted out with documentary seriousness by just two actors. It was YouTube before YouTube,