One of the funniest shows on British television
for quite some while. The second series is by far the funniest, and this is what I will document below (read: I haven't seen series one).
), a disabled
club owner, is extremely happy, as are his staff-his club (the Phoenix) is doing great business. This arouses the ire of one other club owner in the area, Den Perry
. Pissed off that the Phoenix is stealing his limelight
, Perry burns down the club by chucking a cigar into a waste paper bin, gutting all but a few rooms (upon being informed that a discarded fag burnt down his club, he laments having his pride and joy
razed to the ground by "some queer"). He knows full well that Perry did it, yet noone will believe him and he is barred from opening another club, or indeed reopening the Phoenix. He sidesteps this by getting his right hand man, Jerry St Clair
, to take over the running of the club...well, that's what he thinks, as he'll be worked from behind by Brian. There then follows about 6 episodes of smuggling
, murdering, and poor renditions of the Minder
theme tune by two Bolton doormen.
Some highlights of the series:
- Brian Potter's Big Pink Paradise, a play area for kids, with some typical Potter corner cutting (namely, that he's built a climbing frame out of scaffolding, modified a condom machine to dispense penny chews, then put the whole shebang in a pink Portakabin)
- The bouncy castle, featuring a six foot inflatable cock (which, with the addition of camouflage cloth, becomes Sammy the Snake) and two balls, which become...snake eggs.
- The two doormen's plan to leg it out of Dover with a vanload of smuggled beer by dressing up as priests, then seeing that somebody else tried that and got rumbled anyway.
- The Japanese tourists they bring with them, who can only really say "rule Britannia!!!!"
- The Black Bin Bag song, which is as follows (to Men In Black, by Will Smith):
Come and get your black bin bags
They're long and black and slender
Heavy duty black bin bags
Whether bi or straight or bender...
- The meat mans proclamation that his meat contains BSE...a Bit of Something Extra, obviously.
The show was screened on Channel 4
over Summer 2002 (that's another fantastic show they've done then) and was made by Goodnight Vienna Productions. You can buy DVDs of the show at www.channel4.com/shop.