In 1934 Hughie Green, a nervous 14-year old performer, is pushed onto a stage in his native Canada. Twenty-four years later he is a big name in British television as the quiz-master of the ... See full summary »
In 1934 Hughie Green, a nervous 14-year old performer, is pushed onto a stage in his native Canada. Twenty-four years later he is a big name in British television as the quiz-master of the popular game show 'Double Your Money'. Whilst on a stage tour with the show he meets a former show business acquaintance Jess Yates, now running a hotel with his young wife Elaine and Hughie stays with them. For the next decade and a half Hughie is a top name in British light entertainment, hosting a talent contest 'Opportunity Knocks'. His catch-phrase is "I mean that most sincerely" and he is shown to have a genuine loyalty to his audience and his staff. However, he is a serial womanizer, frequently indulging in sex in his dressing-room with female fans, and his wife leaves him, taking their son and daughter. Jess Yates re-enters television, initially hosting a religious programme called 'Stars On Sunday', earning him the nick-name of The Bishop. He becomes Hughie's producer and the two men clash.... Written by
Hughie Green was a TV legend, and impossible not to catch on TV. Hughie Green, Most Sincerely is a wonderful portrayal of a talented if very flawed man. The best thing about it for me was the acting. All the support acting is great, while Mark Benton is I agree not ideal physically he still gives an above decent acting performance, but it is the lead performance that really captivates. Trevor Eve is superb as Green and nails all his mannerisms and personality traits perfectly.
The period detail also convinces. The photography is always lovely to watch, and the costumes, sets and scenery are beautifully evoked. Even the audience is surprisingly authentic. The script is excellently written, poignant and witty with a healthy dose of black humour, and the story while episodic perhaps in a way is accurate, compelling and covers a lot of aspects of Green's life.
All in all, a wonderful drama and worth catching for particularly the revelation that is the lead performance. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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