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Kevin Turvey: The Man Behind the Green Door (1982)

A week in the life of Redditch investigative reporter Kevin Turvey. As you would expect, not a lot happens!




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Complete credited cast:
... Kevin Turvey (as Kevin Turvey)
... Mick
Gwyneth Guthrie ... Mrs. Turvey
... Keith Marshall (as Ade Edmondson)
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A week in the life of Redditch investigative reporter Kevin Turvey. Kevin is on the case once again, this time searching through his own house,an i depth interview with Mrs turvey,who put the keep off the grass on the grass in the park,a trip around the local supermarket Plus the History behind the Battle of Redditch. Absoloute Class Rik Written by Gary Hardingham

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13 March 1982 (UK)  »

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[first lines]
Kevin Turvey: My name's Kevin Turvey and I'm an investigative reporter, which means I investigate things and then report on them.
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True genius - shame it was downhill from here
4 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

Other commentators are right in that the 40-minute version contains extra material that is weaker than the tighter 30-minute edit, but having been familiar with the 30-minute version for some years, it was still great to see the extra material.

1981 saw the first TV appearances of Kevin Turvey, investigative reporter in a show called A Kick Up The Eighties, which was otherwise rather bland. Turvey's reports were pure genius: wild, unpredictable and much funnier takes on the Ronnie Corbett-style monologues.

Comedy on British TV was changing, and the people, including Mayall, who participated in the Comic Strip, The Young Ones and Blackadder went on to dominate comedy in the Eighties.

After The Young Ones, I consider Mayall's offerings to have gone downhill rapidly: the New Statesman with its cliché-ridden script and coarse acting, and Bottom (as they aged, Mayall, Elton, et al seemed to find farting more and more hilarious, possibly because they increasingly tried to write for a younger generation they were no longer a part of, whereas in the early 80s they were writing intelligent dialogue for their own generation). And less said about Mayall's film work, the better.

But Kevin Turvey remains whimsical genius in this "week in the life of a freelance investigative reporter" reporting on biting local issues, such as "who is keeping on the grass?", the significance of "the Battle of Redditch" and whether the Japanese are able to make wheelchairs small enough for frogs when half of them's been eaten. Mayall is brilliant, as is the support cast, especially Robbie Coltrane as Mick the Lodger ("these hands are killers. If I had a gun in either of these hands, you'd be a dead man").

Mayall demonstrates a genius for character comedy that he failed to pursue. This is a shame, because those who were the natural successors to the Turvey style (notably Steve Cougan with Alan Partridge) produced much funnier comedy than any of Mayall's over-the-top later performances.

The Man Behind The Green Door script remains more quotable than anything written since the Pythons ("Aha! I can see that you're reading a review. Tell me, mate, is that your computer?").

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