Not everyone has a whole novel in them. Some may only have a short story; not everyone has that much to say. Soft Cell: Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (BBC Four) profiled a group still beloved on the basis of one big hit and a handful of dark synthpop albums – but this disenchantingly muted film made Soft Cell’s brief flash of light seem duller.
The tale began in classic fashion, introducing two outsiders in seaside towns – Marc Almond in Southport, Dave Ball in Blackpool – dreaming of other worlds. Then, at Leeds Poly in the late 70s, the pair met and bonded over loving Donna Summer and Johnny Rotten equally – though the exact style clash that would make them famous had seeded in Ball’s brain back at home.