A hilarious satire of rock'n'roll at its most ridiculous.Ed Power, i Newspaper, 30th December 2023
Spandau Ballet turn Spinal Tap in the funniest TV show of the season.Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 29th December 2023
The Spandau Ballet brothers bought a ticket to the world and struck gold - happily, they understand fame and ridicule better than other stars in their own celebrity documentary The Kemps: All Gold.Hadley Freeman, The Sunday Times, 24th December 2023
Music documentary spoof The Kemps: All Gold, a follow-up to the 2020 special The Kemps: All True, is coming to BBC Two this December. Guest stars include Christopher Eccleston, Adil Ray, Tamzin Outhwaite and Status Quo guitarist Francis Rossi.British Comedy Guide, 16th November 2023
Are Spandau Ballet's Gary and Martin Kemp the anti-Bros? Their mockumentary The Kemps: All True, written and directed by Rhys Thomas, was a knowing nod to the lovably unforgettable, occasionally rather dark, Matt and Luke Goss documentary, Bros: After the Screaming Stops, which taught the world a hard showbiz lesson: never underestimate the stupidity of Bros.
Could the Kemps' attempt at a two-man Spinal Tap be as funny with the protagonists in on the joke? The answer was yes, sprinkled with a few nos. Occasionally the jokes stuttered, and co-stars like Anna Maxwell Martin were wasted. As a vegetarian, I didn't feel offended enough by Gary's Wonge vegetarian food range that was 65% meat. However, the Kemps emerged as great sports, their acting background paid off with solid comic timing, and there was a firm grasp of rock cliches and the mockumentary style: "This is the very first time they've been back to their childhood home since their last documentary three years ago." As a side-note, Martin's film franchise idea "the hardest British bastards in the galaxy" (Daniel Mays as Dick Turpin: "Stand and deliver, you twats!") would probably work as a real pitch, and I deserve a cut for suggesting this.Barbara Ellen, The Guardian, 12th July 2020
Comedy gold, but how much was really true?Carol Midgley, The Times, 6th July 2020
pandau Ballet-boys show willing but spoof rock-doc misses the point.Adam Sweeting, The Arts Desk, 6th July 2020