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Hughie Green, Most Sincerely (2008)

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 »

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Elaine Yates
Christopher Gillman-Wells ...
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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 don @ minifie-1

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jools holland refused to have footage of himself featured in the scene when hughie green is watching a clip of 'the tube' on his TV. a lookalike actor is superimposed with footage of paula yates instead. See more »

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In one scene, apparently set in the very early 70's, there is a shot of Hughie Green's home telephone. The phone showed is a leather-clad "Rhapsody" telephone. These telephones were not available in the 70's. See more »

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Carmen Du Sautoy's character is credited as "Christina Shaples" but biographies of Hughie Green spell her surname "Sharples". See more »

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A Truly Irredeemable Monster
17 April 2011 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

In his day Hughie Green was as famous in Britain as Simon Cowell is nowadays . I do remember him from OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS and also remember my mother hating him with a vengeance but never understood the hate . In fact one day when he turned up in Rothesay to visit Lena Zavaroni a large amount of the population came to greet him when he arrived at the ferry . In later years however I understood why a " celebrity " would be so disliked . Even watching him in footage he comes across as smug , egocentric and one wonders if his catchphrase " I mean that most sincerely folks " wasn't irony at its most appropriate ?

MOST SINCERELY chronicles the success of Green and one instantly becomes aware how difficult it is to portray someone so unlikable . In many ways it suffers the same fault as RAGING BULL in that the audience can't empathise let alone find any redeeming qualities in the protagonist . It says something when actor Trever Eve - who by the way is superb in this - had reservations about " portraying an irredeemable monster "

There's also a couple of other problems . One is that the screenplay seems to stick too closely to the 2001 documentary THE REAL HUGHIE GREEN . We see Green get in to an argument with Thames boss Jeremy Isaacs about holding an edition of OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS from a nuclear submarine base and we see a recreation of the jaw dropping moment where Green goes in to a pseudo Churchillian rant about how 1976 should be a watershed year where Britain can become great again . Compelling but what is the backstory to Green's politics ?

Another problem is the inclusion of rather explicit sex scenes . Considering Green was born in 1920 some of the scenes must have placed him well in to middle age when they happened . Believe me the idea any narcissistic middle aged drunk having sex ( Usually with someone's wife or someone young enough to be his daughter ) is squirm inducing at the best of times but if it's Hughie Green then implication alone would have been more than enough

In all this isn't really a hatchet job on a famous personality from yesteryer because you can't really find anything even mediocre to say about the man . Everyone seemed to hate him and bare in mind he was merely a TV talent show presenter where as at least TV villains in the 21st Century like Simon Cowell did spend many years building up success before they became famous . If the actor playing the role claims " He was a truly irredeemable monster " then that's all you need to know


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