"In 1824 Lord Byron's body was brought back from Greece and buried with his mother and other relatives". In 1938 his tomb in the little mining town of Hucknall in Nottinghamshire, was secretly opened and his embalmed body was viewed by the local vicar, who commented specifically on the poet's manhood, "His sexual organ was of quite abnormal development."
National treasure and veteran of innumerable great comic roles, Leslie Phillips, stars in this second broadcast short feature, by British artist, Nick McCann. A bawdy innuendo-ridden romp in the English tradition of Rowlandson and the ‘Carry On’ series, psychic medium (Dana Gillespie), her blowsy blonde friend (Tricia George) and vicar (Leslie Phillips), cook up a publicity scheme to boost funds for the church where Byron is buried. The terrible trio rope in an unemployed miner come taxi driver (Nick McCann) and his Moll (1980s glamour girl Debby Quorrol), to discover whether Byron was really there and whether the rumours are true. Hot on their heels is Dick the dirty detective (Dicken Ashworth), and his sidekick (Chris Ellis). Harry Toseland is the Estate agent.
Shot in Super-16mm black & white, in the authentic locations by Ray Goode (awarded his BSC for his Lighting Cameraman work Granada TV’s ‘Brideshead Revisited’), the film was broadcast on ITV in 1993. The soundtrack features tracks from Dana Gillespie’s album ‘Blues It Up’ 1990. Dana Gillespie’s music is available on iTunes. Writer, Director – Nick McCann, Producers – Ian Vasey & Geoffrey Bond, Trailer Film Editor – Theo Leeds.
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