Richie buys an inflatable doll named Monica as his lover, and he tries to conceal it from Eddie. But it all goes terribly wrong when Richie accidentally super glues Monica to his groin, mistaking Eddie's super glue for Handcream.
A series of self contained TV films starring performers from London's "Comic Strip" comedy club and their friends. Noted for a high sense of parody of previous films, literature, and generally everyone in sight.
Eddie has locked himself away in the toilet and Richie finds he's been inventing gadgets and only to find himself joining Eddie on a adventure through time and space on-board Eddie's time machine "The Turdis" which is a toilet cubicle.
Richie (Rik Mayall) is a former actor who has only one ambition - to be famous. He believes that everyone knows who he is and often has a paranoid feeling that people are out to get him. He lives with his minder Edward (Ade Edmondson), a drunk. His agent Ralph Filthy (Nigel Planner) is not very good at his job and apart from being an agent, he is involved in some rather shady businesses. This series follows Richie's pathetic attempts to reach stardom. He stops at nothing to reach his goal; he even contemplates killing his own father. Fourth-wall breaking happens very often. Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry appear in one episode, as well as young Chris Barrie.Written by
The character of Ralph Filthy was allegedly based on a real Soho agent. See more »
Richie, if you don't stop talking, I am going to cut off your head, put it in the microwave until it goes ping, mash it up with a bit of milk and butter, and ram it up your backside!
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The UK VHS release omits a number of songs: Eddie singing "You've Got To Pick a Pocket or Two", "Roxanne", "Message in a Bottle"; Richie singing "Morning Has Broken", "Where Is Love" and "Consider Yourself". See more »
FR&C was an excellent follow-on from "The Young Ones" but I feel that too many people were too stuck in the past to appreciate it. Then, blow me down, a few years later along comes "Bottom" and everybody loves it?! FR&C was far superior to Bottom, better scripts, better plots and not 'dumbed down' like Bottom is. There was at least some plausible rationale why these disgusting characters were involved in each other lives. There were also a couple of brilliant celebrity slots by Midge Ure and the Nolans - the latter being so out of character for those clean living Irish girls.
I also loved the 'asides' to camera which I feel were an excellent way of inviting the audience into the plot. I could easily exceed the word limit singing the praises of this series, but I shall end with a quote from the first episode (which still makes me laugh out loud);
Ralph Filthy: "Richie - it doesn't matter how many milkmen you kill, it still won't become fashionable you know..."
Well worth while watching if you get the chance.
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