- 2001 (BBC)
||37 (4 series)
||Phil Cornwell, John Sessions
||John Sessions, Phil Cornwell, Peter Richardson
In Surbiton, Surrey, film stars Michael Caine, Jack Nicholson,
Al Pacino and others share a street with the likes of musicians
Mick Jagger, David Bowie and soccer pundit Jimmy Hill.
Although the residence are all in somewhat reduced circumstances
they behave just like they're still in the bigtime. For example,
Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards run the nearby
corner shop but continue to act with their usual arrogance.
The only common person is old Mrs Huggett, the local cleaner
who is the butt of their verbal and even physical abuse. In
the second series Dirk Bogarde moves out, selling his house
to Pam and Gary Slurrey, an irritating middle class couple.
The third series sees Marlon Brando joining the street and
heaping even more abuse on poor Mrs Huggett.
||Although the episodes are short by sitcom standards (10 or
15 minutes each) they manage to pack a lot in. Impressionists
Cornwell and Sessions (also responsible for the bulk of the
writing) do a fantastic job in recreating the idiosyncrasies
of Caine, Nicholson, Jagger, Al Pacino and the rest of the gang
against the backdrop of very funny story lines and daft situations.
But the language is often as foul as the action is violent.
For example, when John Hurt rolls out of a taxi drunk and refuses
to pay the fare, he's beaten up by the cabbie who's parting
shot is: "Now the next time you play the Elephant Man you
won't need no f***ing make-up".
Two residents of Stella Street, Al Pacino (Sessions) and
Jimmy Hill (Cornwell), turned up in 1998 in Stephen Fry's
"Live From The Lighthouse", a Channel 4 charity
There has also been a TV movie.