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This second John Cleese/Graham Chapman offering for David Frost’s Paradine Productions knocked its predecessor The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer’s satirical inclinations firmly on the head, this was out-and-out farce (or at least it did after Ned Sherrin and pals had got their hands on it), with the plot mixing the story of a hapless ‘tec (Richard Beckinsale) spying on an adulterous Richard Briers, and getting mixed up in a Japanese plot to steal a deadly new nerve gas from Donald Sinden’s chemical plant. The usual high quota of stars, all no doubt personally cajoled into this mess by Frostie himself, duly lined up to take part in frankly offensive scenes such as a bizarre Chinese world domination scheme, and the moment where Ronald Fraser’s racist major tries to drown Derek Griffiths by filling the cab of his removals lorry with petrol. When an admittedly storming opening theme re-imagining of “A Policeman’s Lot” by Dave Dee and the Kings’ Singers is the high point of your film, perhaps it’s time to have a look elsewhere for projects.

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  1. Lee James Turnock

    September 1, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Absolutely, mesmerizingly awful, and not helped one bit by an admittedly eclectic cast.

  2. Applemask

    June 19, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Not a pornographic take on Rentaghost, sadly.

  3. THX 1139

    June 19, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    “Sadly”?! There used to be a Rentaghost slash fiction story on the internet, which was a joke about fifteen years ago, but I worry what might be out there now.

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