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Comic Strip Presents... Five Go to Rehab, Gold, review
The Comic Strip Presents (an Episode Guide)
Thirty years on, the spoof itself was due a spoofing, so pretty much the entire original cast and crew as well as other Comic Strip associates including Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer and Phil Cornwell regathered in Dorset in order that shy, sensitive Dick Edmondson might relive those innocent summer days of youthful cycling about having picnics and catching criminals with his now utterly dissolute brother and sisters. Of course it was, though Five Go to Rehab hardly broke new ground. It was a tribute to the silliness and brilliance of the Comic Strip gang who have played such a big part in evolving comedy over the past three decades. Five Go to Rehab: one last big adventure. The Comic Strip Presents is back.
Comic Strip Presents...
The Comic Strip presents is indelibly linked with Channel 4, despite their late defection to the BBC and cinema movies. The project was astonishingly ambitious. No format. No regular characters. A new, half-hour movie later longer each week, in a new genre, with a new cast although there was a core group , most of whom also wrote, and some of whom directed, especially later on.
It is a series of some forty short films, some as part of five televised series and some one offs. It had originally been an idea of an alternative cabaret act to follow a play Peter Richardson had produced with Michael White. He quickly ran out of enthusiasm for his play but liked the cabaret idea. The comic strip presents arrived on TV as a result of a meeting between Peter Richardson and a producer from a newly created Channel 4.