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Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! (2006)

Not Rated | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | TV Movie 13 March 2006
Martyn Hesford's comedy-drama about the life and times of tortured comic Kenneth Williams based on his diaries.

Director:

Andy De Emmony (as Andy de Emmony)

Writers:

Martyn Hesford, Kenneth Williams (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Sheen ... Kenneth Williams
Cheryl Campbell ... Lou Williams
Peter Wight ... Charlie Williams
Beatie Edney ... Joan Sims
Kenny Doughty ... Joe Orton
Ron Cook ... Peter Eade
Martin Trenaman ... Tony Hancock
David Charles David Charles ... Charles Hawtrey
Ewan Bailey ... Kenneth Halliwell
Rachel Clarke Rachel Clarke ... Barbara Windsor
Connor Garnet Comerford Connor Garnet Comerford ... Young Kenneth Williams
Beatrice Comins Beatrice Comins ... St Joan / Actress
Timothy Davies Timothy Davies ... 1st Doctor
Stephen Critchlow Stephen Critchlow ... Kenneth Horne
Guy Henry ... Hugh Paddick
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Finicky,hygiene-obsessed comic actor Kenneth Williams,living in a flat block with mutually adoring mother Louie,looks back on his life. At loggerheads with his homophobic father over his career Kenny fulfils his dream of becoming a classical actor but is spun off into comedy,allowing full rein to his crowd-pleasing array of funny voices. A compulsive,often selfish performer off-screen,he becomes a national treasure following the radio show 'Round the Horne' and the successful series of film farces 'Carry On'... though he is disdainful of the latter,given that he once trod the boards with Orson Welles. Privately he is a tormented closet gay,sickened by his sexuality,unlike his friend,promiscuous playwright Joe Orton,and desperately asks his 'Carry On' co-star Joan Sims for a show marriage,which she refuses. Ultimately Louie's death,his own hypochondria,a down turn in work and a sense of his own isolation will result in a fatal encounter with a bottle of tablets in 1988. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Trivia

Williams role in Hancock was not slimmed down by the suggestion or demand of Hancock at all. The "grotesque" was a character that the Hancock writers Galton & Simpson wanted to get away from to take the show in a new direction with Hancock and Sid James in a sort of double act. See more »

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Stop messing about!
14 March 2006 | by derekmcmillanSee all my reviews

A lot of my childhood was spent lying in front of the wireless listening to Round the Horne or Hancock's Half Hour or watching Carry On films. Probably the most famous line in comedy "Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it infamy!" still makes me laugh.

This is a rare insight into the man behind the comic figure and the whole production is a brilliant mix of tragedy and comedy right down to the final quotation from the coroner's court read in four different voices by Michael Sheen. He was brilliant in the role. Most of the other members of the Carry On team were so-so and their Kenneth Horne was very good but Michael Sheen carried the show and there should be an award of some sort for him.

It left me feeling "wow". To quote Kenneth Williams, to the cynic who says 'life is a joke' the only response can be 'Yes, well let's make it a good one.'


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