Best possible taste 

15 December 2015


BBC Four is repeating the biopic Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story on Thursday 17 December 2015 at 10pm.

If you missed it first time around in 2012, or just facy seeing it again, it’s worth catching – a high quality drama that’s mostly accurate and very well acted and written, with plenty of reminders of the genius that Ev brought to radio and television.

Luke Franklin, associate producer, describes the ambition behind the film: “The task of distilling the multiple, often chaotic strands of Kenny Everett’s remarkable and eventful life into 90 minutes of drama felt like an ambitious one, right from the off. Luckily, the desire to see the project made generated endless enthusiasm in its key creative team – writer Tim Whitnall, and director James Strong, who was on board for much of the development process – as well as the consultants, who knew Kenny, and advised on every detail of the production.

“From the start of the development process, authenticity was always a central aim. It soon became clear that the script was likely to focus upon Kenny’s relationship with Lee Middleton (now Lee Everett-Alkin) – to whom Kenny was married for almost a decade and a half. It was through the prism of this defining relationship that Tim Whitnall felt Kenny’s story could best be told. The period of Kenny and Lee’s relationship encompassed Kenny’s rise to fame in the UK, his coming to terms with his sexuality – but also worked as an unconventional love story in its own right.

The film stars Oliver Lansley as Ev and Katherine Kelly as Lee.

Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story [BBC Media Centre/BBC Wales] 10pm, 17 December 2015, BBC Four (Freeview 9/106; Freesat 107/148; Sky 116/211; Virgin 107/164; Ziggo, Kabeltex, Swisscom, KPN, Horizon Go)

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