During the day Tony is trapped in the drudgery of a nine-to-five office job at United International Transatlantic Consolidated Amalgamation Ltd.
But at night he imagines himself an artist with great talent and vision – although his landlady Mrs Crevatte (Irene Handl on top form) regards all of his efforts as a load of miscellaneous rubbish.
When Tony decides to quit his job and move to France he falls in with a group of artists who admire the “childlike” quality to his work.
But when he passes another artist’s work off as his own – and is signed by a major agent – the trouble really begins.
Hancock ruthlessly lampoons the pretentious artistic beatnik set and makes fun of his own inability to paint, drifting between lies and truth while carving out a reputation for himself among the Parisian avant-garde.
Watch out for a cameo by Oliver Reed as one of a group of artists arguing drunkenly about what constitutes art in a Parisien cafe.
Sir Charles Brewer
John Le Mesurier