Forgotten Rik Mayall drama to be released

Published 2015/08/10 by Dr. Dannii Cohen

CL1thBGWEAA1glBAn almost forgotten drama from 1981 starring the late Rik Mayall is to be re-released on Monday 17 August.

Called Wolcott the miniseries was ground-breaking for being the the first British TV show to feature a black actor in a leading role.
Rik Mayall starred in one of his first roles as the virulently racist PC Bonham.

The series was nearly wiped from TV history, when Rik Mayall’s untimely death last year brought it back to the fore when one of the writers of the series (Patrick Carroll) wrote the following to the Guardian:

“My abiding recollection of Rik Mayall is of his straight-acting turn as the virulently racist PC Bonham opposite George Harris as the black DC Wolcott in the 1981 ITV police drama serial of the latter name. Other cameos by Comedy Store alumni in that opus included Alexei Sayle as a Socialist Worker party-type street orator being heckled by a National Front yob in the person of Keith Allen. Although Wolcott – the first UK production to be broadcast in the mini-series format – has been rather airbrushed from the history of British television, I tend to remember it because, with Barry Wasserman, I co-wrote it.”

ghghggThe letter caused a clamour of fans of the actor to demand it’s DVD release and now the series is being made available on release for the first time courtesy of Network DVD who currently have a 40% off discount sale on many other Rik Mayall releases.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: