The TV drama which should have been screened again following writer Jack Rosenthal's recent death, but TV being what it is at the moment, no chance. Well, that's a loss to today's audience.
Mike Newell directed this very funny tale of an extra finally given a line to say. Mr McGill of course is the extra from hell, from his enthusiasm for being given something constructive to do to the really funny spectacle of watching him try to get his line right. Joe Black has just the right note for Mr McGill.
As the egotistical Phil the Director, Jack Shepherd is hilarious; while Mark Wing-Davey does a fair bit of scene-stealing as the assistant director who has to deal with all the hassle of a shoot from invading kids to an over-sensitive sound man (Fred Feast, best known as Fred Gee in Coronation Street).
Watch the man painting the building where the cameras are rolling. Never has watching paint dry been so funny!
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