Five Go To Rehab
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.
- Wednesday 7th November 2012
- 60 minutes
Cast & crew
|Daniel Peacock||Toby Thurlow|
|Stephen Marcus||Dirty Douglas|
|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|
|Robbie Carwithen||Dog Thief|
|Michael Hurley||Dog Thief|
|Pete Richens (as Peter Richens)||Writer|
|Michael Wood||Executive Producer|
|Simeon Halligan||Production Designer|
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.