Billington once described this political satire as a kind of British Z, but after the subtlety of his first feature, Interlude, it seemed blunt and a bit pointless. Written and performed by a host of satirical talent, it chronicles the rise of a self-appointed business efficiency expert (Cook), who becomes an autocratic dictator by submitting every issue to national referendum. Somehow the jokes fall a bit thin, and the script can't make up its mind whether to go out for narrative or a string of weak sketches. Despite Cleese's script credit (along with Cook, Chapman and Billington), the writing is miles below Monty Python standard.
The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer
Cast and crew
|Screenwriter:||Peter Cook, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Kevin Billington|
George A Cooper