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1 January 1997 (UK) See more »
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A program about Tony Ferrino and his brilliant career. | Add synopsis »
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DVD: Review:The Steve Coogan Collection
 (From The AV Club. 22 December 2009, 10:00 PM, PST)

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Cast

  (in credits order)

Steve Coogan ... Tony Ferrino
Kim Wilde ... Herself
Mick Hucknall ... Himself
Gary Wilmot ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Baynham
Martin Coogan
Louise Hunt ... Maria
Juilieta Nazare

Directed by
Geoff Posner 
 
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Steve Coogan 
Henry Normal 

Produced by
Geoff Posner .... producer
David Tyler .... producer
 
Original Music by
Steve Brown 
 
Makeup Department
Barrie Gower .... makeup artist
 
Sound Department
Gary Nattrass .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Music Department
Steve Brown .... songs by
Martin Coogan .... songs by
Steve Coogan .... songs by
Henry Normal .... songs by
 


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Coogan's best, 30 December 2003
Author: Jack Yan from Wellington, New Zealand

One of Steve Coogan's funniest characters, Tony Ferrino gave the actor another chance to shine. Not only can he really sing - his duet with Mick Hucknall, whom he addresses as 'Simply' was nearly fairly matched - his spoof of 1970s and 1980s European variety entertainers was priceless. Taking itself seriously and pretending to be one of many episodes in a series (the opposite was true, since the BBC only made two), Ferrino gave the sense of an entertainer who was misplaced in time. His original songs, as the earlier reviewer noted, were hilarious but actually quite well composed, while Ferrino's lines - 'I sing, I dance, I chitty-chat: all in all, I have the big package' - were suitably cheesy and funny at once.

I, too, found it unfair that this show was panned at the time - if only reviewers allowed themselves to let go for an hour into the Tony Ferrino Universe and enjoyed this show for what it was: a great variety number taking place in an alternative universe where Tony Ferrino was once, and in his mind, still is, king.

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