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 ...
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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
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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 »
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 »
Carmen Du Sautoy's character is credited as "Christina Shaples" but biographies of Hughie Green spell her surname "Sharples". See more »
When Hughie Green, host of British TV's first talent show uttered his catch-phrase: "And I mean that most sincerely folks" it underlined his patent insincerity. Ironic that this purveyor of vacuous but popular TV should be honoured by a quality semi-biographical drama. It manages to be engaging, entertaining, enlightening as well as at times witty (the coin tossed to the cigarette-seller) - something that Hughie never managed in his entire life*. Sincere Hughie was a heel. The high quality of the writing is fortunately matched by the acting - not too many actors would be qualified to play monster ego Hughie, and Trevor Eve does real fine. But, and it is a thing easily overlooked, the production does also made clear that in his specialist but un-respected field of cheap cheerful TV, Green was, and knew, that he was a great professional and demanded commensurate respect.
In every way a superior production - something that never could be said about the original's own.
*In fact this is wrong - Hughie, aged 14 appears in the 1935 British film "Big Ben Calling" as an impressionist and does Mae West very creditably then, with straw hat, Maurice Chevalier. Seen on Talking Pictures Freeview and Freesat.
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