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Tutti Frutti (BBC Drama, Robbie Coltrane, Emma Thompson)

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Tutti Frutti BBC Drama, Robbie Coltrane, Emma Thompson

Comedy drama series Tutti Frutti featured star making turns from both Robbie Coltrane and Emma Thompson. This multi award winning six parter from the pen of John Byrne sees Coltrane playing Danny McGlone who returns home to Glasgow to attend the funeral of his brother Big Jazza, lead singer of 1960’s rock and roll band now fallen on hard times The Majestics.

With a 25th anniversary tour about to kick off, the rest of the band persuade Danny (who just happens to be as good a front man) to join them on the road. Adding to the complications are Danny’s on-off relationship with Suzy Kettles (Emma Thompson), a very dodgy manager Eddie Clockerty (a highly fab performance from Richard Wilson) and an aging group that are more worried about arthritis than working the crowd and you have on your hands an all time classic!

Cast: ROBBIE COLTRANE as Danny McGlone; EMMA THOMPSON as Suzie Kettles; MAURICE ROEVES as Vincent Driver; RICHARD WILSON as Eddie Clockerly; KATY MURPHY as Miss Toner; STUART McGUGAN as Bomba MacAteer; JAKE D’ARCY as Fud O’Donnell; RON DONACHIE as Dennis Sproull

Writer: John Byrne / Music: The Majestics, Zoot Money / Producer: Andy Park / Director: Tony Smith

UK / BBC One / 6×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 3 March – 7 April 1987 Tuesdays 9.30pm