The Comic Strip Presents

The Comic Strip Presents: Five Go to Rehab

Radio Times
Review by:
Mark Braxton

It’s been – brace yourselves – 30 years since the Famous Five cycled cheerfully around the countryside, uncovering sinister skulduggery in Five Go Mad in Dorset. And to mark the occasion – with heaps of sandwiches and lashings of ginger beer – the Comic Strip reunites Julian, Anne, Dick, George and Timmy the dog (!) for an updated caper.

Dick (Adrian Edmondson) appears to have lost none of his thirst for adventure as he brings the old gang together for a nostalgic holiday. But his jaded chums hide dark secrets that could scupper the japes and scrapes. Is there still a place in the world for the Five — and shall there be jam for tea?

What Rehab lacks in anarchic innovation (the original 1982 parody sparked complaints from viewers), it more than makes up for with spirited playing, an affectionate eye and a sweet ending. Hoo-rah!

About this programme

Sequel to The Comic Strip Presents: Five Go Mad in Dorset to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The young heroes have now grown up, but remain out of touch with the modern world.

Cast and crew

Cast

Julian
Peter Richardson
Anne
Jennifer Saunders
Dick
Adrian Edmondson
George
Dawn French
Rooky
Phil Cornwell
Chendri
Felix Dexter
Dirty Douglas
Stephen Marcus
McVitty
Rik Mayall
Toby Thurlow
Daniel Peacock
Landlady/Gypsy
Robbie Coltrane
Constable
Stephen Mangan
Inspector
Nigel Planer

Crew

Director
Peter Richardson
Producer
Nick Smith
Writer
Peter Richardson
Writer
Pete Richens
Categories
Comedy

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