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A rivalry develops between a showbiz veteran and an upstart newcomer.

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Jonathan Stitch
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JJ Curtis
Iain Rogerson ...
Mr. Arkwright (as Ian Rogerson)
Anna Jaskolka ...
Mrs. Arkwright
Jonathan Shaw ...
Charlie Arkwright
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Arkwright Daughter
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Dr. Colworth
Emily Richards ...
Award Presenter
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Pete Lanyard
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Ed Nbrezki (voice)
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Dave Turner
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Karen Willet
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Estate Agent
Sharon Swyer ...
Limo Girl
Louise Brill ...
Cindy Minx
Toby Robertson ...
Lord Kelvin
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Sylvia (Contestant)
Rohan Siva ...
Stanley (Contestant)
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Declan Farrell
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Mike
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Timothy (Channel Controller)
Simon Scott ...
TV Interviewer
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Priest
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Young Priest
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Cleethorpes Paper Editor
Charles Simon ...
Monty Franklin
Sally Dexter ...
Linda
Martin Savage ...
Billy (Contestant)
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Betty (Contestant)
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Caroline Stitch
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Sonia Doubell ...
Party Girl (uncredited)

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Patrick Harkins

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John Hodge ... (written by)

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Sally French ... line producer
Drew Jones ... executive producer
Georgina Lowe ... line producer
Andrew Macdonald ... executive producer
Christopher Young ... producer

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Mark Thomas

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Oliver Curtis

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Scott Thomas
Justine Wright

Editorial Department

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Ian Davies ... assistant editor
Tara Gallagher ... assistant editor
Steve Harrow ... post-production consultant
Christopher Lloyd ... assistant editor
Benjamin Nicholas ... post-production assistant

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Nina Gold

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Kave Quinn

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Tracey Gallacher

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Rebecca Gillies
Anna Lynch-Robinson ... (uncredited)

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Susannah Buxton

Makeup Department

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Antonio ... hair designer: Mr. O'Toole (as Antonio of West Hampstead)
Christine Blundell ... makeup supervisor
Charmaine Fuller ... assistant makeup artist

Production Management

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Callum McDougall ... executive in charge of production
Clare St. John ... post-production supervisor: DNA Films

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Sean Guest ... assistant director
James Andrew Haven ... second assistant director (as James Haven)
Jo Schotting ... third assistant director

Art Department

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Paul Bowring ... carpenter
Lee Bryant ... dressing propman
Alfie Burgess ... dressing props
John Davies ... stand-by painter
Neil Dickson ... stagehand
Billy Edwards ... stand-by props
Peter Hedges ... stand-by stagehand (as Peter Hodges)
Josh Jones ... stand-by carpenter
Catrin Meredydd ... assistant art director
John Mills ... property storeman
Micky Mills ... stand-by propman (as Michael Mills)
Steve Oakes ... properties buyer
Matthew Parsons ... painter
Sandra Phillips ... art department assistant
Brian Pickett ... stand-by rigger
Jim Stanes ... storyboard artist
Robin Thistlewaite ... construction manager
Alex Walker ... stand-by art director
Terry Wood ... property master
Tracy Ann Baines ... model maker (uncredited)
Warren Lever ... carpenter (uncredited)
Alexandra Walker ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Terry Woods ... property master (uncredited)

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Orin Beaton ... boom operator
Felicity Cottrell ... foley artist
Peter Crooks ... sound trainee (as Pete Crooks)
Tim Fraser ... sound recordist
Brian Freemantle ... foley editor / supervising sound editor
Susan French ... dialogue editor
Peter Gleaves ... adr mixer
Mathew Harmer ... extra sound recordist (as Matthew Harmer)
Nina Hartstone ... adr editor / dialogue editor
John Hayward ... re-recording mixer
Nneka Meka ... FT2 sound trainee
Richard Pryke ... re-recording mixer
Tom Sayers ... sound effects editor
James Slavin ... assistant sound editor
Ruth Sullivan ... foley artist
Kevin Tayler ... foley mixer
Timothy Vine ... foley editor (as Tim Vine)
Andrew Caller ... sound technician (uncredited)

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Graham Longhurst ... special effects

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Tabitha Dean ... visual effects editorial
Robert Duncan ... visual effects supervisor
Julia Egerton ... digital artist / digital compositor
Adam Glasman ... digital lab colourist
Darrel Griffin ... data wrangler
Robert Hall ... digital artist
Jan Hogevold ... digital lab producer: Framestore CFC
Adam Inglis ... digital compositor
Merrin Jensen ... digital compositor
Scott Marriott ... digital artist
Jolene McCaffrey ... digital compositor: CFC
Chad Rogers ... data wrangler
Jennifer Simonds ... digital compositor
Maria Stroka ... digital compositor (as Maria Stroka-Robinson)
Steve Tizzard ... video to film operator
Corrina Wilson ... digital artist

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Charles Jarman ... stunt double: Adrian Lester
Glenn Marks ... stunt coordinator / stunt performer

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Sam Barnes ... focus puller: pick-up unit
Silvia Beck ... additional video camera operator (as Sylvia Beck)
Jason Bergh ... grip assistant
Edward Bishop ... camera loader / camera trainee
Dick Conway ... electrician
Jim Crowther ... grip
Larry Deacon ... electrician
Terry Hunt ... gaffer
Mark Olsen ... additional video camera operator
Richard Potter ... best boy
Tim Potter ... focus puller
Robert Rabson ... electrician (as Rob Rabson)
Hilda Sealy ... clapper loader
Laurie Sparham ... still photographer
Howard Smith ... camera operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Louis Elman ... adr voice casting
Lynn Glaser ... casting assistant (as Lynn Emblem)
Tara Woodward ... casting assistant
Lee-Ann Robathan ... extras casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Tosin Bamgbola ... costume trainee
Liza Bracey ... assistant costume designer
Billy Kimberley ... costume assistant

Location Management

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Joanna Beckett ... assistant location manager
Russell Lodge ... location manager
Rachel Neale ... location manager
Samantha Thomas ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Guy Barker ... musician: trumpet
Jonathan Carney ... musician: violin
James Collins ... music recording engineer / music scoring mixer
Tom Dalgety ... musician: guitar
Tom Evans ... music preparation
Micky Gee ... musician: guitar
Andrew Massey ... musician: piano
Mike Ross-Trevor ... music recording engineer
Mark Thomas ... orchestrator
Rosanna Thomas ... vocal soloist

Transportation Department

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Daniel Brown ... costume truck driver
Darren Collins ... driver: grip truck
Mick Downs ... driver: minibus
Rob Fitch ... stand-by construction driver
Graham Fordham ... unit driver
John Horan ... unit driver
Geoff Hyland ... driver: camera car
David Johnson ... driver: facilities generator
Matthew Lloyd ... unit driver
Bill Walker ... unit driver
Simon Wilkinson ... driver: mobile production office
Joseph Wood ... driver: props runaround

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Andy Aldridge ... caterer
Bobby Brown ... production runner
Sean Costelloe ... production runner / stand-in
Roy Everson ... stand-in: Mr. O'Toole
Grace Hodge ... development executive: DNA Films
Jessica Hurles-Laws ... floor runner (as Jessica Hurles)
Nicky Jarvis ... unit nurse
Kate Ledger ... production coordinator
Justin Miller ... assistant accountant
Benjamin Nicholas ... production runner
Donald Sabourin ... assistant production coordinator
Joanne Smith ... general manager: DNA Films
Heather Storr ... script supervisor
Colin Stredwick ... caterer
Phil Symes ... unit publicist
Tom Taylor ... production assistant / production runner
Will Tyler ... production accountant
Douglas Yates ... health and safety advisor
Joanna Beckett ... assistant to manager (uncredited)

Thanks

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James Annesley ... the producers wish to thank
Winifred Brook Young ... the producers wish to thank
Rachael Fleming ... the producers wish to thank
Nigel Karikari ... the producers wish to thank
Sue Latimer ... the producers wish to thank
Patrick Young ... the producers wish to thank
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

Jonathan Stitch, having just won a prestigious MacKinlay Award for his first novel, relays how he came to ghost write the memoirs of beloved British game show host JJ Curtis, who worked hard to emerge from a humble background and achieve celebrity status, albeit in what most consider the most lowbrow end of popular culture. Jonathan realizes that he is not the most obvious choice of a writer for this project - it a job he didn't initially want - but he ends up viewing the job as a challenge to make it stand out from all the other minor celebrity memoirs, especially as reading about JJ would generally appeal only to a niche segment of the primarily British population, one that probably doesn't buy many books. Part of JJ's reason for wanting the book written is to increase his profile in order to sell his show to the lucrative US market. Despite being in the twilight of his career, JJ is denying something about his life that would make the sale of the show to a US distributor a moot point. But the biggest issue for JJ, and by association Jonathan, in these two combined projects succeeding is twenty-seven year old Dave Turner, a fellow British game show host. Dave and his show are hipper, edgier, and more vulgar, in addition to Dave being younger and sexier, and is thus the front runner for the Britain to US game show transplant. Despite JJ having given Dave his first big break five years ago, there is now no love lost between the two. They each do whatever they can not only to better the other, but to ruin the other at whatever cost, not really caring about the collateral damage. Through the process, Jonathan has to wade through the rhetoric on both sides for the truth, he somewhat caught in the situation by a momentary encounter he has with someone he will learn is a physician named Dr. Colworth. Written by Huggo

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Taglines 2 popular game shows. 2 popular hosts. No scruples. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le rideau final (France)
  • Bis zum letzten Vorhang (Germany)
  • Campeão de Audiências (Portugal)
  • A függöny legördül (Hungary)
  • L'ultimo sipario (Italy)
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  • 85 min
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Trivia Louise Brill's final acting role. See more »
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Quotes JJ Curtis: You're a novelist. And I'm a game show host. As you see it, I'm at the trashier end of popular culture. It's gaudy, it's lowbrow. I understand.
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