In between the clips, it’s a fairly standard biopic taking us from Mel’s schooldays to insightful contributions from colleagues and friends – among them Griff Rhys Jones, Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson – to less well-known areas of his life. His less-than-stellar stint in Hollywood, his work as an actor and theatre director, his business acumen, his enthusiasm for horse-racing and gambling are all here, alongside rare footage and gently amusing home videos like Mel’s mum, Vera, dancing in her kitchen to Yazz’s ‘The Only Way Is Up’.
And the torrid tales of Mel as bon viveur – including being interviewed by Selina Scott on breakfast TV while completely pissed – evoke a life lived very large. An overview that’s both commendably completist and wonderfully funny.
Lady Chastity's Reserve, Hackney
This marvellously silly immersive team puzzle (a sort of cross between an escape game and the 'Mumsy' challenge in 'The Crystal Maze') has already spooked and amused many a team at its original venue in Battersea, but will now be challenging the people of Hackney from a dark corner of the People's Park Tavern. It's from the Handmade Mysteries team that does this kind of thing at venues across London. They know what they're doing. Expect plenty of surreal slants to challenges that can be pretty, well, challenging, and don't be surprised to be surprised either - we're told the immersive elements can be pretty interesting. They promise to let you out - or help you out - if you get really stuck but still, it might be best to bring some brains and leave your dumbass friends out of it.
Venue says: “Venture through an hour of hilarious clue-solving as you and your team attempt to win Chastity's fabled aphrodisiac wine.”