The Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story
Biopic comedy drama about the life of comedian Kenny Everett, as told with the help of his famous characters such as Sid Snot and Cupid Stunt
- The Best Possible Taste (Working Title)
- 2012 (BBC Four)
- Oliver Lansley, Katherine Kelly, Perry Millward, Angela Lonsdale, Tony Pitts, James Wilby, Adam Garcia, Simon Callow, James Floyd, Jonathan Kerrigan, Andrew Greenough
- Tim Whitnall
- Mammoth Screen
The Best Possible Taste is a 90-minute roller coaster ride through a golden-era of popular culture, lifting the lid on the complex life of much-missed entertainment icon, Kenny Everett.
New television writer Tim Whitnall's script centres on the unconventional love story between Kenny - played by newcomer Oliver Lansley - and his wife Lee Middleton, played by former Coronation Street actress Katherine Kelly.
The Best Possible Taste will celebrate not only the extraordinary gay entertainer and his relationship with the woman he married, but also his amazing life and ground-breaking work. Told with the help of some of Everett's most famous comic characters, including Sid Snot and Cupid Stunt, this film charts how Everett became one of Britain's best loved, most rebellious and truly innovative broadcasters and comedians.
Richard Klein, Controller, BBC Four, says: "Kenny Everett was a genuine original: wild and un-focused maybe, but also deliciously anarchic and always entertaining. In many ways Kenny was a very modern celebrity, wearing his heart on his sleeve while coping with a complex life. Re-evaluating this talented and exuberant personality, enabling audiences to re-consider Kenny's undoubted impact and legacy, makes this a very BBC Four drama."
Damien Timmer, Executive Producer Mammoth Screen, says: "The Best Possible Taste is a bold celebration of Kenny's unique talent, scripted by Tim Whitnall in his TV writing debut. We're thrilled to have Oli Lansley and Katherine Kelly playing Kenny and Lee in a story which encompasses pirate radio, Hot Gossip and the 1983 Tory Party conference!"
Our Review: Some entertainers are so unique, so iconic and innovative, that it's difficult to categorise them. Difficult to even begin to summarise them, and sadly equally tricky to honour them. Kenny Everett is, it seems, one such legend.
The Best Possible Taste is a loving tribute to Cuddly Ken, no doubt; it traces the ups and downs of his personal life fairly closely and accurately, creating a real sense of drama and poignancy around many of the troubles he faced. With a few exceptions it also paints a fairly detailed - and we will assume relatively accurate, given the script's advisors - picture of what Everett was like as a man; of his personality.
However, large swathes of his career are ignored entirely (the 1980s BBC series), others barely receive a passing mention (the Thames Video Show), and more still is not just passed over but actively written out (a string of TV series for ITV in 1970, for example). Perhaps most disappointingly of all, The Best Possible Taste fails to convey the extent of Kenny's groundbreaking work, particularly on radio, and the reach of his influence well into contemporary broadcasting.
But perhaps we, as Kenny Everett fans, are being a little picky. This biopic claims to centre, after all, on Kenny's relationship with wife Lee rather than charting his career as a whole - and thanks in no small part to excellent performances by the lead cast members, Lansley and Kelly, it does just that with success.