The life, work and marriage of the late Kenny Everett has been made into a 90-minute drama for BBC4. Starring newcomer Oliver Lansley as the DJ and Coronation Street’s Katherine Kelly as his wife, The Best Possible Taste is to cover his rise to fame and his Sid Snot character.
BBC4 controller Richard Klein said: “Kenny Everett was a genuine original: wild and unfocused maybe, but also deliciously anarchic and always entertaining. In many ways Kenny was a very modern celebrity, wearing his heart on his sleeve while coping with a complex life.
“Re-evaluating this talented and exuberant personality, enabling audiences to reconsider Kenny’s undoubted impact and legacy, makes this a very BBC4 drama.”
The Best Possible Taste is written by new television writer Tim Whitnall, who is best known for his stage play, Morecambe, about the late Eric Morecambe.
It’s being made by Mammoth Screen, which is behind the new Morse prequel, Endeavour. Mammoth’s executive producer, Damien Timmer, said the new drama “is a bold celebration of Kenny’s unique talent, scripted by Tim Whitnall in his TV writing debut. We’re thrilled to have Oli Lansley and Katherine Kelly in a story which encompasses pirate radio, Hot Gossip and the 1983 Tory Party conference!”
The Best Possible Taste will be shown later this year.