1 9 8 7 (UK)
6 x 60 minute episodes
Tutti Frutti was John Byrne’s drily funny story about The Majestics, a group of Glasgow washed-up fifties rockers in drainpipe trousers and crepe soles trying in vain to recapture their fleeting moment of success.
Robbie Coltrane, as Danny McGlone, the fat slob singer, fell for Emma Thompson’s toughie, Suzi Kettles, who made him sleep in the bath.
Memorable too, was Maurice Roeves as unhappy Vincent, who set himself alight on stage.
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