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Tutti Frutti

1 9 8 7 (UK)
6 x 60 minute episodes

Tutti Frutti was John Byrne’s drily funny story about a group of washed-up fifties rockers from Glasgow in drainpipe trousers and crepe soles trying in vain to recapture their fleeting moment of success.

Returning home to Glasgow from New York for the funeral of his brother, Big Jazza (“the beast of rock”) who had been killed in a car accident, failed artist Danny McGlone (Robbie Coltrane) stumbled into singer Suzi Kettles (Emma Thompson), an old flame.

Donning drainpipes and crepe soles, he joined her in his late brother’s rock ‘n’ roll band, The Majestics – billed as ‘Scotland’s Kings of Rock ‘n’ Roll’.

Maurice Roeves was memorable as unhappy guitarist Vincent Diver, who set himself alight on stage, while Richard Wilson’s performance as the band’s untrustworthy manager Eddie Clockerty led him on to his career-defining role as Victor Meldrew in One Foot In The Grave.

Although the Rock & Roll hits in the series were sung by the actors, the fact that the songs were originally recorded by Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and others caused problems when the BBC planned to sell the series abroad. The copyright fees would have pushed costs through the roof.

But sales fell through anyway – the thick Scots accents perhaps to blame.

Danny McGlone/Big Jazza McGlone
Robbie Coltrane
Vincent Diver 

Maurice Roëves 
Suzi Kettles 
Emma Thompson
Bomba MacAteer 
Stuart McGugan
Fud O’Donnell 
Jake D’Arcy
Dennis Sproul 

Ron Donachie 
Eddie Clockerty 

Richard Wilson 
Janice Toner 

Katy Murphy
Glenna McFadden 

Fiona Chalmers
Noreen Diver 

Anne Kidd 
Baby Wanda 

Annabel Logan