This two-hour collection contains highlights from the groundbreaking
Thames TV series The Kenny Everett Video Show and The
Kenny Everett Video Cassette. Enduring creations such as
Sid Snot, Angry of Mayfair, Marcel Wave, Captain Kremmen,
General Bomthebastards and Brother Lee Love are all present
case you were wondering how this DVD can be described as "complete"
when it's a "best of" collection, this is in fact a presentation
of two previous video compilations, Kenny Everett's Naughty
Bits and More of Kenny Everett's Naughty Bits (the
original commercials for which can be found among the special
features). So in that sense this is the complete Naughty
not of the same quality as his later series for the BBC, Everett's
Thames programmes have an endearingly cheap and cheerful feel.
There is no studio audience - the hearty and genuine guffaws
that you hear are those of the backstage crew - and the woeful
special effects, such as those of Tinselman flying, are deliberately
material shows its age when Everett introduces the police
speed gun, which was new back in the late-'70s. However, nothing
dates the show as much as the so-called "naughty bits" themselves:
the dance numbers performed by Hot Gossip. Unfortunately,
given the attention that is drawn to them by the product's
title, they just don't look very hot or naughty these days.
mind, though, for there's plenty of fun to be had reliving
the decidedly un-PC schoolboy humour of cuddly Ken. There's
a definite comic strip element to sketches such as "30-Second
Theatre", "Billy the Dancing Bucket" and of course "Captain
Kremmen". In the first half of this compilation, Kremmen is
brought to life by the sterling work of the Cosgrove Hall
animation house. Everett provides all the voices for this
serialised cartoon, even that of the busty female crewmember
are also some fantastic guest star appearances, including
Lionel Blair, David Essex, Bernard Manning and Sir Cliff Richard.
My favourite moments are probably the "Star Quiz" segments,
in which celebrities such as Michael Aspel and Terry Wogan
get covered in gunk. There's an excellent opportunity for
crossover nostalgia if you also watch the BBC DVD Terry
Wogan: One on One,
which shows Kenny's famous assaults upon of Wogan's Blankety
Blank microphone. In "Star Quiz", Wogan returns the favour
by bending Everett's microphone!
Kremmen fans may appreciate the "omnibus" edition of the animated
serial, which can be found among the extra features. However,
I don't really see the point of a similar compilation of all
the Hot Gossip segments. Apart from a text biography of the
comedian and the aforementioned commercials, that's it for
special features. No subtitles either, which is always a shame.
at such a bargain price, who needs extras? Angry of Mayfair
might wish to complain, but I certainly don't.
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