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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Dreamy Time Escort
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Dreamy Time Escort
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Mr. Jolly
Peter Richardson ...
Mr. Lovebucket
Nicholas Parsons ...
Himself
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Monica
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Mrs. Cooper
Michael Cule ...
Mr. Cooper
Basil Ho Yen ...
Mr. Yakimoto
Thomas Wheatley ...
Heimi Henderson
Gordon Kane ...
Reg
Gerard Kelly ...
Hilary
Granville Saxton ...
Ron
Bazil Otoin ...
Norman (as Basil Otoin)
Philip Locke ...
Sir Larry
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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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Dreamytime Escort: All I'm saying is that one advertisement in the Times saying, "What are you doing this weekend, fancy getting drunk?" won't work. You've got to put the telephone number!
Dreamytime Escort: But we know the telephone number!
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It's Not Unusual
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Written by Les Reed and Gordon Mills
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a tad over the top
4 April 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

So sad to see Rik Mayall in "Jonathan Creek", this is more like it. First Mayall & Ade Edmonson were the Dangerous Brothers. They morphed into Richie and Eddie for Ben Elton's "Filthy, Rich and Catflap". Ultimately they became "Bottom", but along the way we had the The Dreamy Time Escort Agency aka "Mr Jolly Lives Next Door".

Richie and Eddie (I don't think they have names actually) are Dreamy Time Escorts which is a pretty gross concept considering the lineage of the characters! The escorts steal school boys' lunches, effectively kidnap foreign business men for drinking tours of Olde London Town ("The French guy's paying"), drive a filthy old van very dangerously, drink copious amounts of gin. In fact they drive a filthy old van very dangerously before, during and after drinking copious amounts of gin. Shout, swear, throw up...and have dinner at the Dorchester with Nicholas Parsons. You get the picture!

Parsons and Peter Cook make magnificent cameos, the former as his TV persona and the latter as a murderous neighbour. The omnipresent Peter Richardson puts on his sullen head as an obsessive gangster type who cherishes his car.

There is some semblance of a story here. I guess that is where co-writer Rowland Rivron comes in. But don't let the story motif put that you off. This is an exercise in grossness and there aren't many better at that than Mayall and Edmonson. Except Peter Cook perhaps!


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