The Comic Strip Presents...: Season 4, Episode 3

Mr. Jolly Lives Next Door (5 Mar. 1988)

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A couple of bored escorts find themselves suddenly involved with a hit-gang and an ax-murderer - Mr. Jolly. Gratuitous violence, rivers of blood and maximum hilarity, all rolled into one.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dreamy Time Escort
Dreamy Time Escort
Mr. Jolly
Peter Richardson ...
Mr. Lovebucket
Nicholas Parsons ...
Mrs. Cooper
Michael Cule ...
Mr. Cooper
Basil Ho Yen ...
Mr. Yakimoto
Thomas Wheatley ...
Heimi Henderson
Gordon Kane ...
Gerard Kelly ...
Granville Saxton ...
Bazil Otoin ...
Norman (as Basil Otoin)
Philip Locke ...
Sir Larry


The alcoholic owners of Dreamytime Escorts are approached by hit-man Mr Jolly,to 'take out' radio quiz host Nicholas Parsons. Parsons is due to open an off-licence owned by Heimie Henderson but Henderson has fallen foul of gangster Lovebucket who hopes to stop the opening by killing the star. The two escorts misinterpret the instruction to kill Mr Parsons and,instead,take him out for a night of drinking,using the blood money they were given. Next day,having failed in their task, they are forced to admit their mistake to Mr Jolly. Written by don @ minifie-1

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9 June 2014 | by (London) – See all my reviews

You've probably already read the previous reviews of this movie, so I'll refrain from repeating what others have said, as far as possible. This is the best of the Comic Strip offerings by a very large margin and the reason is because it is funny without trying to appear as if the makers are concerned about social issues or any other questionable "point" which was all the rage with the painfully unfunny Ben Elton and his acolytes. Mr Jolly is just about being funny for the sake of it. Stupidly funny, childishly funny, disgustingly funny but - praise the Lord - not "we care and we're going to lecture you about it" funny. Two blokes spend 80 minutes causing mayhem and havoc - very often to each other - mostly in pursuit of any kind of alcohol, including embalming fluid, and get involved with various other lunatics, in particular the eponymous Mr Jolly, played by the great Peter Cook, of the title and a lugubrious gangster called Mr. Lovebucket, who pays Mr Jolly to "take out" his enemies, wears a white cashmere overcoat and apparently isn't a w_anker, and the heroic Nicholas Parsons. For those who don't know him, he was a stalwart of the family entertainment side of television programmes, a man who would never, ever say rude words or wear jeans. I take my hat off to him for having the confidence to put his reputation on the line, as it were, by getting involved with something which is the complete antithesis of his genre and having a bloody good laugh at the same time. As the two lunatics are fond of screaming: "Nicholas bloody Parsons!"

Anyway, the movie speeds along like a turbo charged idiot on industrial strength speed driving a truck full of explosives with no hands on the steering wheel. There is every kind of bodily function and bodily fluid involved as the two insane Escorts hurtle mindlessly towards oblivion and an explosive conclusion. In the words of one of the gangsters: "If it's tonic ye want, it's tonic ye'll get". It's a tonic for those who like their slapstick with added vomit.

In memory of Rik Mayall who died today age 56.

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