Known mainly for "The Young Ones" and "Drop Dead Fred" outside of the UK, comedian Rik Mayall was a comic genius that reinvented, or, at least, redirected comedy, in a "new-wave" fashion. Sadly gone from this world, his legacy lives on. This documentary does well at giving the casual fan a broad scope of the highlights of his career.
On 9th June 2014, a tragic thing happened, the legend that was Rik Mayall dropped dead of a heart attack, aged only 56. It is not very often that the death of a celebrity hits me so hard but Rik's death was quite a blow. Along with Gregor Fisher, he was a childhood idol who to this day I still hold in high regard as both an actor and comedian.
Narrated by Simon Callow, 'Rik Mayall - Lord Of Misrule' was a celebration of the comic's career showing highlights from his most memorable work such as 'The Young Ones', 'The New Statesman', 'Bottom', 'Jonathan Creek', 'Man Down', 'The Comic Strip Presents..' and 'Drop Dead Fred' as well as some seldom seen clips from his earliest stand-up routines, whether they were as one half of 'The Dangerous Brothers' or as his alter ego, the harebrained investigative Brummie reporter Kevin Turvey. Strangely not mentioned were his 1989 children's comedy show 'Grim Tales', his ITV series 'Rik Mayall Presents' and his 2002 sitcom 'Believe Nothing', scripted by Laurence Marks & Maurice Gran, who had earlier written for him 'The New Statesman'.
As the documentary came to a close, Simon Callow concluded by slowly and thoughtfully reciting the lyrics from the opening theme to 'The Young Ones'. As Callow finished off with - ''there's a song to be sung, because we may not be the young ones very long!'', I found myself close to tears.
With his iconic comic status still reaching new audiences, up in that great studio set in the sky, one Richard Michael Mayall must be looking down, smiling and saying to himself: ''Quite bloody right too!''