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More Bad News 

Four years after they were last the subject of a documentary, Bad News get back together again for another film of their exploits, beginning with a reunion gig at the Flying Horse.

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Adrian Edmondson
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Adrian Edmondson ... Vim Fuego
Rik Mayall ... Colin Grigson
Nigel Planer ... Den Dennis
Peter Richardson Peter Richardson ... Spider Webb
Jennifer Saunders ... Sally
Dawn French ... Rachel
Judy Hawkins Judy Hawkins ... Spider's Wife
Tommy Vance Tommy Vance ... Himself - Concert Compere
Steve Walsh Steve Walsh ... Concert Organiser
Anne Cunningham Anne Cunningham ... Colin's Mom
Gerard Kelly ... Promo Director
Anthony Head ... Recording Studio Engineer
Jonathan Stratt Jonathan Stratt ... Heavy
Yusuf Khan Yusuf Khan ... Waiter
Jonathan Caplan Jonathan Caplan ... Virgin Megastore Shop Assistant
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Four years after they were last the subject of a documentary, Bad News get back together again for another film of their exploits, beginning with a reunion gig at the Flying Horse. Written by Anonymous

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27 February 1988 (UK) See more »

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The line-up at the 1986 Monsters of Rock festival, Castle Donington (August 16th), was Tommy Vance as Master of Ceremonies and disc jockey, and throughout the day, Bad News, Motörhead, Def Leppard, Scorpions and headlining, Ozzy Osbourne. See more »

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Colin Grigson: [the camera has seen him in his business suit] No. No, er... I'm not Colin, I'm... I'm... I'm Trevor. I'm Trevor, Colin's twin brother. If you want Colin, he'll probably be round at his pad... because he's frightfully... groovy.
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"Bitch Hill Mutha' (uncredited)
Written by Adrian Edmondson', Peter Richardson, Nigel Planer and Rik Mayall
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Expands on it's predecessors to satirical premise with superior brilliance
9 February 2018 | by The-Last-PrydonianSee all my reviews

Four years have elapsed since the documentary which followed the exploits of the tenth rate rock band, Bad News was filmed. With the film crew wanting to catch up with them, and see them reunited in the hopes of seeing the former band members give it one last shot at rock stardom. The result is car crash TV at it's finest as past disputes, and clashes of egos come to the fore which prove to be the beginning of their problems.

After the commercial and critical success of Hollywood director, Rob Reiner's, This is Spinal Tap which I think it is likely to be said was inspired by, Bad News Tour which preceded it two years previously It seemed inevitable that Adrian Edmondson would want to revisit one of his more satisfying endeavors as a writer with, More Bad News. An adroit decision given that while an amusing, pointed satire it suffered slightly from it's minimal half hour running time. With the Comic Strip team having finally hit their stride as, Bad News Tour aired during their first series and they had gained critical momentum and a loyal cult fan base, the powers that be were willing to afford him the carte blanche to expand on the premise of his earlier project. Clocking in at 50 minutes in length, and although the old adage dictates that less is more, that doesn't apply to, this sequel.

With Edmondson collaborating once more with fellow Comic Strip team members, the late, Rik Mayall, (who had been and would continue to be his frequent writing partner and collaborator on anarchic sitcoms like, The Young One's, Filthy Rich & Catflap and Bottom) Nigel Planer and Peter Richardson, one if they were inclined towards cynicism might believe that Edmondson was attempting to coast off a past glory, (although the word glory might be a slight exaggeration) the pay off proves to be a rewardingly more waggish viewing experience than it's predecessor.

Recasting wife and past co-star Jennifer Saunders as "rock chick journalist", Sally Friedman who essentially hosts the documentary as she catches up with the guys, establishing what has become of the curious quartet. In the wake of their calamitous, ill ineffectual quest where "past footage" highlights that due to the inevitable friction and discord within the band (primarily between Edmondson's Vim Fuego and Mayall's Colin Grigson) which played a vital part in their ignominious breakup, it had led to each of them going their own separate ways. Vim with ostentatious pretensions remaining intact has become a self styled "metaphysical" psychic who still composes (if that's what one could call it) songs that he's ripped off from pre-existing material. Colin after flunking out of college has become a clerk in bank and still lives with his doting mother, while Den (Planer) is a self employed painter/decorator. Last but not least, and with this band of misfits that's saying something is the "wild man" Spider (Richardson). Now a kept man so to speak, he lives with his hippy wife who is bemusing in her apathy towards her husband leaving her, and the kids behind to go on the road again with the band.

What follows is thematically much of the same as we saw before with the structural framework given a different spin. We bear witness to the cardboard rock star wannabes attempting to over indulge and live the life of self indulgent excess. From ordering 100 pints of larger in an Indian restaurant, leaving the documentary film crew with deeper pockets to cover the cost of, to a an orgy of wanton destruction in a drunken hotel room wreck it chronicles their pathetic artificial attempts at rock anarchy. While among all of this naively placing their faith in small time record company, the ironically titled, Frilly Pink which leads to a humiliating experience when the lads attempt to buy their new single in a record store. Their combined ineptitude and lack of self awareness is also sharply and hilariously observed as they film the music video for their début single, Warriors of Genghis Kahn.

Watching the horrendous car crash that is taking place before our and very eyes, and examining it in hindsight brings to mind low rent punk rock band, The Towers of London. Delusional guys like .lead vocalist, Donny Tourette and his fellow band members are the kind of shallow hellraisers deserving of scorn and ridicule that they were sending up.

Finally culminating in their booked appearance at, The Monsters of Rock Festival which has the well judged bonus of having genuine rock icons which consist of, Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard, Motorhead and Scorpions being briefly interviewed, scathingly contemptuous in their critique of the comical anti-heroes. Figuratively burying them and acting as the final nail in the coffin before the curtain finally closes on the film which tops it's prequel in terms of it's nihilistic, downbeat finale. More Bad News marks one of the finer works of the Comic Strip Presents... fairly long run. With the same adeptly executed comedy performances and smart scripting from Edmondson it along with, Mr. Jolly Lives Next Door (which he co-wrote and starred alongside with Mayall) and; Eddie Monsoon, a Life showcases his prowess as a writer and the cohesive talents of the team.


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