The Comic Strip Presents.... Copyright: Comic Strip Productions.

The Comic Strip Presents...

Gold and Channel 4 comedy drama. 41 episodes (pilot + 5 series), 1982 - 2016. Stars Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer, Peter Richardson, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Robbie Coltrane and Keith Allen.

Five Go To Rehab

New special in which the original characters parodied from Enid Blyton are revealed to have failed to live up to their ideals and been forced to confront the modern world.

Further details

The Comic Strip Presents.... Image shows from L to R: Peter Richardson, Adrian Edmondson, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French. Copyright: Comic Strip Productions.

In 1982, The Comic Strip Presents debuted with Five Go Mad In Dorset, a punchy parody of the Famous Five stories, complete with exciting adventures all washed down with lashings of ginger beer. Incredibly influential, the original and hilarious comedy now returns.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the series, original writers Peter Richardson and Pete Richens have penned a riotous romp, set in Dorset, starring Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Adrian Edmondson, Peter Richardson, Nigel Planer, Robbie Coltrane and Stephen Mangan.

The famous children's characters have been brought back from the past to confront today's modern world, but this time they must account for their outmoded racist and sexist views. But the quintet seem blissfully unrepentant as they gather for a reunion on Dick's birthday in leafy Dorset - still a magical land of rolling hills, woods, ruined castles and dodgy villains in big black cars.

Dick (Ade Edmondson) has changed little since those early years and is now Assistant Manager for Plasmold, a plastic guttering company in Dorking. Eager to rekindle the joys of their Famous Five youth, he has engineered a few surprises for their reunion. However the others are not as keen to revisit their past. George (Dawn French) is a struggling alcoholic with a string of ex-husbands behind her and only faithful Timmy by her side. Julian (Peter Richardson) having disappeared to Equatorial Guinea for many years, apparently working for a dubious 'charity', is now also in need of a stint in rehab. Anne (Jennifer Saunders) the pretty shy one never did become the 'perfect housewife'. Now a militant feminist / animal rights campaigner, she lives life on the edge of a nervous breakdown.

The famous five are met along the way by a number of familiar faces. Robbie Coltrane returns as a guest house landlady and lecherous Gypsy. Stephen Mangan plays a sexually charged actor, eager to impress Anne and Nigel Planer returns as a police inspector and sinister barmaid. Rik Mayal plays an evil villain who is determined to decapitate a terrified Julian and Daniel Peacock also makes an appearance as snubbed Toby Thurlow who has had 30 years to plan his revenge on the famous five.

Broadcast details

Date
Wednesday 7th November 2012
Time
9pm
Channel
Gold
Length
60 minutes

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    Cast & crew

    Guest cast
    Adrian Edmondson Dick
    Dawn French George
    Peter Richardson Julian
    Daniel Peacock Toby Thurlow
    Robbie Coltrane Gypsy
    Jennifer Saunders Anne
    Phil Cornwell Rooky
    Felix Dexter Chendri
    Stephen Mangan Constable
    Stephen Marcus Dirty Douglas
    Rik Mayall McVitty
    Nigel Planer Inspector
    Robbie Coltrane Landlady
    Nigel Planer Barmaid
    Joshua Lindon-Emms Young Julian
    Solly Bowyer Young Dick
    Ella Craft-Stanley Young George
    Lily Laight Young Anne
    Colin Michael Carmichael Crook Actor
    Mike Sanchez Crook Actor
    Christine Sweetman Mrs D
    Chris Devlin Barman
    Kevin Feaviour Sergeant
    Robbie Carwithen Dog Thief
    Michael Hurley Dog Thief
    Writing team
    Peter Richardson Writer
    Pete Richens (as Peter Richens) Writer
    Production team
    Peter Richardson Director
    Nick Smith Producer
    Michael Wood Executive Producer
    Nick Smith Editor
    Ross Porter-Ward Editor
    Simeon Halligan Production Designer
    Brian Burrows Composer

    Video

    The Comic Strip Presents: Five Go To Rehab

    To celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Comic Strip, original writer Peter Richardson has returned to the English countryside for a brand-new Comic Strip adventure, also starring Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer, Robbie Coltrane and Stephen Mangan.

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