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"The Comic Strip Presents..." Mr. Jolly Lives Next Door (1988)

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Rik Mayall (written by) &
Adrian Edmondson (written by) ...
Original Air Date:
5 March 1988 (Season 4, Episode 3)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Rik Mayall ... Dreamy Time Escort

Adrian Edmondson ... Dreamy Time Escort

Peter Cook ... Mr. Jolly
Peter Richardson ... Mr. Lovebucket
Nicholas Parsons ... Himself

Jennifer Saunders ... Monica

Dawn French ... 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
Ian Bartholomew ... Policeman
Tommy Windward ... German Businessman

Harriet Thorpe ... Brenda
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Christian J. Fletcher ... Policeman (uncredited)
Derek Hunt ... Policeman (uncredited)

Gary Martin ... Tom Jones (singing voice) (uncredited)
Derek Van Weenen ... Policeman (uncredited)
Steve Whyment ... Policeman (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Stephen Frears 
Writing credits
Rik Mayall (written by) &
Adrian Edmondson (written by) &
Rowland Rivron (written by)

Produced by
Peter Richardson .... producer: Comic Strip
Elaine Taylor .... producer
Michael White .... executive producer
Simon Wright .... producer: Comic Strip
Original Music by
Simon Brint 
Rowland Rivron 
Cinematography by
Oliver Stapleton 
Production Design by
Jonathan McKinstry 
Art Direction by
Grant Hicks 
Costume Design by
Frances Haggett 
Makeup Department
Miri Ben-Schlomo .... makeup assistant (as Miri Ben Shlomo)
Naomi Donne .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Glynn Purcell .... first assistant director
Mike Purcell .... second assistant director
Art Department
Eddie Andres .... art department assistant
Leslie Fulford .... prop buyer (as Lesley Fulford)
Bert Gadstone .... propman
Brian Gilmore .... painter
Jonathan Maris .... art department
Ken Morrish .... stagehand
Steve Rice .... carpenter
Sound Department
Nigel Duthie .... sound editor
John Hayes .... sound recordist
Colin Martin .... dubbing mixer
Andrew Morris .... boom operator (as Andy Morris)
Colin Skeaping .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
John Brown .... still photographer
John Etherington .... grip
Sam Garwood .... camera trainee
Mike Hillbrown .... electrician
David Morgan .... assistant camera
Larry S. Prinz .... gaffer (as Larry Prinz)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sue Born-Thompson .... wardrobe assistant (as Sue Thompson)
Location Management
Paul Barratt .... location manager
Production Department
Rachel Krish .... production assistant
Script and Continuity Department
Annie South .... continuity
Other crew
Mike Amos .... production accountant
Ben Barker .... production runner
Rosie Bowen .... secretary to producer
Kevin De La Noy .... production runner
Katy Radford .... production coordinator

Series Crew
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Sound Department
Chris Nuttall .... sound effects editor (2004)

Additional Details

52 min

Did You Know?

Dreamytime Escort:Morning, Ralph, how's the fluffy toy business?
Mr. Jolly:Who the bloody hell are you, what fluffy...Oh, brilliant, yeah.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
a tad over the top, 4 April 2013
Author: Tim Lloyd from Australia

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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