Lavish period comedy drama Gentlemen’s Relish carried bags of charm with it’s tale set in Edwardian London and story of photographer Kingdom Swann (Billy Connolly) who begins a series of tastefully nude tableaux scenes, what he doesn’t know however that his right hand man Cromwell Marsh (Douglas Henshall) is selling the pictures as pornography.
A fabulous cast led by the always watchable Billy Connolly and gorgeous production design and a typically sharp script from Reggie Perrin creator David Nobbs made this a real treat.
Cast: BILLY CONNOLLY as Kingdom Swann; SARAH LANCASHIRE as Violet Askey; DOUGLAS HENSHALL as Cromwell Marsh; KATIE BLAKE as Charlotte Crisp; LIZ EWING as Alice Hancock; EMILY HILLIER as Ethel Spooner; NICK STRINGER as Edward Stelbourne; TERESA BANHAM as Jane Davidson; JOHN WARNABY as Gordon Simms; SIMON CHANDLER as Mr Prestwick; JAMIE BRADLEY as Stanley Gaunt; DOMINIC MAFHAM as Lord Thornycroft; REBECCA JOHNSON as Elder Rosetti; EMMA STANSFIELD as Younger Rossetti; SEANA MONTAGUE as Cleopatra
WRITER: David Nobbs | BASED ON THE NOVEL: Kingdom Swann by Miles Gibson | PRODUCER: Martyn Auty, Sarah Boote | PHOTOGRAPHY CONSULTANT: Mark Dorman | COSTUMES: James Keast | MUSIC: Julian Nott / PRODUCTION DESIGN: Malcolm Thornton | CAMERA: Gavin Finney / EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Geoffrey Perkins, Mike Slee, Jim Reeve | DIRECTOR: Douglas Mackinnon
UK / BBC1 – Stock Prod. – Principal Pictures / 1×90 minutes / Monday 1 January 2001 @ 9.20pm