Derrick Goodwin and Anthony Parker (director)
Network on Air (studio)
300min approx (length)
10 September 2018 (released)
30 September 2018
Set in the fictional town of Newton (which looks as charming as your average UK council estate jungle), local radio DJ Kit Curran thinks he is the bee’s knees though really he isn’t much more than a fibbing and self-absorbed bigmouth who is in for a rough ride when the arrival of new station boss Roland Simpson spells a wind of change…
This sitcom was originally screened in 1984 by ITV as THE KIT CURRAN RADIO SHOW with a second series - KIT CURRAN – arriving in 1986. Starring Denis Lawson in the title role, he also sang the series’ theme tune (“I am the people’s favourite / I am the people’s choice / Utter fantastico / King of the radio…”).
Apart from sporting truly awful 1980’s fashion (graffiti-print shirts, Nick Kershaw-inspired hairstyle etc) local radio DJ Kit Curran is not exactly the talent he believes he is but hey, one can always try and camouflage things. Kit has, however, one true talent which is his talent for voices and whaddya know, the many ‘special guests’ and what have you which appear on his hugely popular show (popular in his mind) are in fact voiced by him! His assistant Les Toms is just as useless and usually more pre-occupied with his first love, food, rather than tending to the job while newsreader Damien Appleby (Clive Merrison) delivers the news with all the passion of a dead fish. Things are about to change however when the arrival of new station manager Ronald Simpson (Brian Wilde) is announced to ‘shake things’ up a bit and ensure that listeners begin to tuning in again as opposed to tuning out… The news, however, doesn’t please Kit one bit as it could mean his days of fibbing, goofing and lazing about are firmly over. He’s not far wrong!
The minute Simpson arrives its instant mutual dislike though initially Kit and his colleagues try everything to sabotage things in the hope that Simpson might resign before properly taking up the new position. Unfortunately for Kit, Simpson wasn’t born yesterday and looks right through the plot. While some of the station’s staff are in for the chop Kit, Les and Damien just about manage to hang on it but under one condition: Kit needs to come up quick with some sure-fire ideas to raise the radio stations standards and its profile. Stupidly he gives Kit carte blanche and of course we have an almost unlimited amount of silly jokes and scenarios coming up when, thanks to Kit’s new ideas, the station’s standards drop further though the radio audience figures seems finally on the up. The first series ends with Kit being offered a stint on BBC radio but I don’t really have to spell out how things pan out in the end…
And yes, the second series really does spell the end for Kit and chums when he Radio Newton is finally forced to file for bankruptcy and our heroes are out of a job. Several trials and tribulations later Kit and his mates manage to set up a pirate radio station in hired premises, this time they are based in Brentford. Kit’s ideas for securing a huge radio audience are becoming ever more daring (spell: perfect for a sitcom) - not least because he has his eyes set on pretty Pamela Scott (Lindsay Duncan), who manages a neighbouring business. He succeeds in winning her charms when an armed robbery takes place in Pamela’s office and Kit’s colleague Les jumps to the rescue… with a huge chunk of ham, as you do! Never
Never short of new ideas which might heighten his profile (ego might be a better word) and eradicate the competition Kit comes up with his latest side-line enterprises which he is only to happy to announce via radio: feeling unfit? Don’t despair, Kit will whack you into shape with his super-duper aerobics fitness regime! Feeling unwell? Don’t despair, Kit promises to cure almost any illness with revolutionary new-age medical treatments… and while Kit’s ego keeps on growing the long-suffering Pamela gets increasingly fed up with things…
Denis Lawson and the rest of the cast do a pretty good job infusing their characters with a personal note though the humour and the jokes in this sitcom certainly vary: from occasionally hilarious to mediocre to downright daft – take your pick! That said, Series 2 is certainly the more entertaining and more riotous one.
This 2-Disc DVD set contains both Series 1 and Series 2.