Big-Mouth Billy

There’s a line on page 73 of Proctology: A Bottom Examination which reads:

Rik also made a corporate video in 1988, but his was for John Cleese’s Video Arts production company. Managing Problem People: Behavioral Skills For Leaders was directed by Charles Crichton (who directed A Fish Called Wanda), and was written by Stephen Fry.

At the time I wrote it, that was about as much information as I could find, but since then, Video Arts have been slowly releasing their archive on YouTube, and it’s well worth exploring.

Here’s Rik’s scene, in amongst what appears to be a compilation of other problem employee type videos they made through the years.

It was written by Stephen Fry, and there’s plenty of the Stu and Gordon from A Bit, and it appears Stephen himself is dressed as Jeeves, for reasons that aren’t apparent in this clip.

It’s great that this trove of previously hard to find comedy history is being released.

PROCTOLOGY: A Bottom Examination is my in-depth guide to all things Bottom.

Available now on Kindle and in paperback.

Learn more …

, , , ,
Buy My Books
  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s…

Most Read
  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first…

From The Archive

Sign up for my FREE newsletter