The Best Possible Taste (2012)

Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story
Television Film | Biographical Comedy | UK | English | 1h27m
Dir: James Strong | Scr: Tim Whitnall | Ph: Balazs Bolygo | Prod: Paul Frift | Mus: Glen Gregory | Ed: Mike Jones | PD: Catrin Meredydd | AD: Nic Pallace | Snd: Chris Roberts | Cast: Oliver Lansley, Katherine Kelly, Simon Callow, James Floyd, Adam Garcia, Jonathan Kerrigan, James Wilby, Perry Millward, Glenn Wild, Angela Lonsdale, Perry Millward

From his radio-mad childhood to his eventual coming-out, this quietly irreverent but, never the less, decidedly warm biopic depicts the life and career of mischievous Liverpudlian comedian Kenny Everett, detailing – against the backdrop of his loving-but-sexless marriage – his rise from aspiring radio disc jockey to national television star, taking in plenty of illicit drugs, general mischief, and Catholic guilt along the way. Driven by the remarkable performance of Lansley in the central role, the film entertains throughout, though mostly by eschewing (or playing for laughs) any darker moments from his life, with his eventual AIDS related demise only appearing as a mere footnote. Never the less, The Best Possible Taste (aka Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story) captures the spirit of the man’s life with wit and style.