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Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story (2012)

Schoolboy Maurice Cole, growing up in 1960s Liverpool, is picked on for being effeminate but is already making his own comedy tapes, one of which impresses agent Wilfred De'ath through whom... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Lansley ... Kenny Everett
Katherine Kelly ... Lee Everett-Alkin
Perry Millward Perry Millward ... Maurice Cole
Glenn Wild Glenn Wild ... Jacko
Angela Lonsdale Angela Lonsdale ... Lily Cole
Tony Pitts ... Tom Cole
Mike Burnside Mike Burnside ... BBC Commissionaire
James Wilby ... Wilfred De'Ath
Don Gallagher Don Gallagher ... BBC Senior Producer
Adam Garcia ... Tony Windsor
Trevor White ... Garner Ted Armstrong
Deirdre Mullins ... BBC Receptionist
Tomos Eames ... Iolo
Simon Callow ... Dickie Attenborough
James McArdle ... Toby


Schoolboy Maurice Cole, growing up in 1960s Liverpool, is picked on for being effeminate but is already making his own comedy tapes, one of which impresses agent Wilfred De'ath through whom he gets a job on a pirate radio station, changing his name to Kenny Everett. Though sacked for annoying the sponsor his popularity sees him working on the BBC's newly-formed Radio One. Around this time he meets and marries Lee Middleton, who not only sticks by him through his career lows but is sympathetic when, following a drugs over-dose, he admits to being gay. She even helps him find a boyfriend though, unlike his friend Freddie Mercury, he is reluctant to come out. Following their divorce Kenny is best man when Lee marries actor John Alkin and, in 1985, in typically flamboyant style comes out, owing to having not one but two 'husbands'. However, in 1989 he is diagnosed as HIV+ and, in 1995, a year after winning the prestigious Sony award, dies of AIDS aged fifty. Throughout the film commentary... Written by don @ minifie-1

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3 October 2012 (UK) See more »

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Jingles and Gossip
1 January 2016 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Kenny Everett was a contradiction. A lower middle class Catholic upbringing in Liverpool. He was married but gay. He was risqué, controversial, outlandish but also a Tory at a time when they were anti-Liverpool, homophobic and lacking in a sense of humour. I cannot imagine Mrs Thatcher sitting down to watch his shows.

I only know Everett from his television show and not his career in radio. It always amuses me that he managed to get away with his show on ITV in the early evening which featured rather too much female flesh and Hot Gossip.

When he switched over to the BBC my older brother constantly moaned as to why the BBC hired him. However with more money, more writers and more polished performance his Kenny Everett Television Show was a huge hit.

This bio-pic is delivered in a disjointed style with his comic characters appearing as the chorus. In a sense you get to see his varied creations which he was famous for and his complicated life which started with making radio jingles at home before he got into pirate radio, getting fired by the BBC multiple times, his dilemma with his sexuality, friendship with celebrities such as Freddie Mercury, his deteriorating marriage. It was well known in the early 1980s that he was having a platonic relationship with his wife who was also living with her lover, an actor who actually appears in this film as a journalist.

What actually makes this film are the performances from Kathleen Kelley and Oliver Lansley who is exceptional as Everett. You actually believe him as Everett and he also spot on as the various guises such as Cupid Stunt, Marcel Wave and Sid Snot.

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