Rik Mayall Presents…1993

Rik Mayall Presents..was a generic title given to a number of one off dark comedies that were screened over two series between 1993 and 1995.

Mayall of course had become a household name on the back of hit shows such as: The Young Ones, The New Statesman and The Comic Strip presents.  This series was to showcase the actor’s talent and versatility and it clearly worked.  The show bagged him an award for ‘Best Comedy Performer’ at the British Comedy Awards.

Summary

Series 1

Mickey Love 

Tells the story of an extremely paranoid TV host (Mickey Love) whose career takes a catastrophic turn because of some misinterpreted gossip.

Originally Transmitted: 20th May 1993

Briefest Encounter

Greg and Siobhan meet at a party and she takes him back to her bizarre flat. What he thinks is going to be an evening of fantastic love making turns out to be a clash of personalities with disasterous results.

Originally Transmitted: 27th May 1993.

Dancing Queen 

Seen by many critics as the most memorable of the three stories.

Neil’s stag night party gets out of hand and he finds himself stuck on a train to Yorkshire with his wedding only a few hours away.  His only fellow passenger turns out to be Pandora, the stripper who performed at his stag do.

Originally Transmitted: 3rd June 1993.

Series 2

The Big One 

Tells  the story of a small time estate agent with big ideas and a compulsion to lie.  His wildest dreams start to come true when he adopts the identity of a dead gangster.  However things soon get out of control when he receives unwelcome interest from another gangster intent of recouping some borrowed money.

Originally Transmitted: 29th January 1995.

Dirty Old Town

Raymond is a down and out who unwittingly finds success in the film world when a script lands in his lap – literally – and he is mistaken for the writer.  Despite attempts to persuade the television executives that he is not Vi Leigh, the writer – they wine and dine and house him.

Originally Transmitted: 5th February 1995.

Clair De Lune.

The last story in the series centres on struggling minicab driver Toby and his 7 year old daughter Annie , both of who are facing a bleak future.

However a late night encounter with a beautiful stranger is the catalyst for an adventure involving gangsters, stolen diamonds and a new beginning for tToby and his daughter.

Originally Transmitted: 12th February 1995.

Clips

 

 

 

 

Cast

Rik Mayall
Nick Hancock
Alan Cumming
Eleanor Bron
Amanda Donohoe
Helena Bonham Carter
Serena Gordon
Dorothy Tutin
Philip McGough
Saffron Burrows
Paul Barber
Frances Barber
Michael Kitchen
Helen McRory
Lee Evans
Serena Scott Thomas

Details

Channel: ITV
Written By: Various
Original Transmission Dates: See Summary

The full series has been released on DVD by Network On Air

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