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(1987)

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4/10
Strident
zeppo-25 September 2007
I remember liking some of this series when it was first shown on BBC television but as many people have pointed out, it was really just a forerunner and template for 'Bottom.'

Far too much talking to the viewer, and strident shouting so beloved of the so called alternative comedians at the time. It also leaves a somewhat nasty taste in the mouth to think that the show's writer, Ben Elton, later became everything he ranted against here, the showbizzy celeb luvvies. I still recall the shock I had when I heard that Elton had written a musical with Andrew Lloyd Webber. Sell-out, thy name is Ben Elton...

As for the episode here, Richie is blackmailed by the Nolan Sisters, proving once again, that singers should stick to singing and not acting. Harry Enfield, Stephen Fry,Hugh Laurie and Chris Barrie all put in appearances and shout along with the rest of the cast.

Time hasn't been kind to this programme and it looks as creaky and clichéd as the targets it was venting it's spleen at.
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9/10
The grand scheme of things!
RaspberryLucozade24 July 2017
Warning: Spoilers
In this second episode of 'Filthy, Rich & Catflap', Richie has miraculously landed a job on television - as a panelist on a drab game show entitled 'Oo-er, Sounds A Bit Rude' ( based loosely on 'Blankety Blank', hosted by the late Les Dawson ). It is a disaster. Richie fights with the other panellists, makes inappropriate ad-libs and causes the director ( Chris Barrie ) to almost have a nervous breakdown.

Whilst wandering around the studio corridors, Richie finds a dressing room belonging to The Nolan Sisters. After entering, he tries on one of their costumes and dances about in their shower, only then for them to walk in and bust him. They then tell him that unless he provides them with £1000 within seven days they will report him not only to the police but to the press as well.

Enlisting on the help of his minder Eddie, the two decide to dabble in art and so start selling paintings on the street ( which are nothing more than just childish squiggles ) which, somewhat improbably, attract the interest of a French art critic...

A good episode, though the end drags on a bit more than it needs to. The Nolans are greeted with great warmth by the studio audience, particularly with a closing credits sequence in which they perform 'In The Mood'. It is somewhat sad now to watch in the knowledge that one of the girls is no longer with us. Bernie Noland died in 2013 of breast cancer. She was only 52.

Many of Britain's most popular comedians appear here in small roles. We have, of course, Chris Barrie, Harry Enfield, Gareth Hale and David Baddiel. Stephen Fry plays P'Farty the art critic whilst Hugh Laurie plays his partner N'Bend.

Funniest moment - Richie being beaten up by the game show panellists!
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