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The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star 

An up-and-coming Glasgow based rock band are faced the harsh realities of the music industry on their journey to becoming the next big thing.
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Complete series cast summary:
Ciarán McMenamin ...  Jez MacAllister 6 episodes, 1998
Simone Lahbib ...  Fiona Johnstone 6 episodes, 1998
Gerard Butler ...  Marty Claymore 6 episodes, 1998
Keith Allen ...  Slick Sloan 3 episodes, 1998
Jenny Foster Hughes Jenny Foster Hughes ...  Sheena 3 episodes, 1998
Graham De Banzie Graham De Banzie ...  Eddie 2 episodes, 1998
Lesley Harcourt ...  Shanice 2 episodes, 1998
Nifa Hindes Nifa Hindes ...  Caz 2 episodes, 1998
Nishan Hindes Nishan Hindes ...  Zaz 2 episodes, 1998
Mark Robb Mark Robb ...  Good Looking Youth 2 episodes, 1998
Antony Strachan ...  Kevin Dick 2 episodes, 1998
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An up-and-coming Glasgow based rock band are faced the harsh realities of the music industry on their journey to becoming the next big thing.

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10 November 1998 (UK) See more »

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Comment devenir une rock star? See more »

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(6 episodes)

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Half & Half - some good/some bad-----
19 February 2006 | by IshallwearpurpleSee all my reviews

A YOUNG PERSONS GUIDE TO BECOMING A ROCK STAR (1998)---- This TVseries (6 thirty minute episodes) reminds me of the recent "Almost Famous" about the trails and tribulations of finding the right mix of performers and material to hit it big in the rock field. The price of fame and the characters who become so in love with themselves they forget they are humans, is touched on and explored.

The lead - Ciaran McMenamin - Jez, is a callow youth who seems to be sleepwalking through much of the film. He does manage to get some energy in a few scenes. One wonders if the director purposely had him play the scenes this way or that was all she could get out of him.

The strange buddy, with cornrow hair and a weak stomach, is just tedious. The girls are okay, and try to liven things up.

Gerry Butler, as Marty Claymore, the rocker from hell, is perfect. Comedy is hard to do well, but Gerry is flawless as an idiot so completely gone on himself he doesn't even know he is ridiculous. I love the scene in the agents office where he can hardly talk he is so traumatized because he doesn't have a private loo on the airplane. And no avocados, dammit!! "No one loves me." Priceless!! I quite enjoyed this little series. A lot was filmed in Dunbarton,Scotland with a mostly Scottish cast. The music was tolerable and some quite good. And the over-the-top characterizations of 'types' in the rock music business keeps this film perking along nicely.

Eight years ago, Gerard Butler had hardly a wrinkle in his face and was quite thin. Already could hold the screen and you rarely look away from him. Whatever "it" is - he had it!! 7/10


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