BBC biopic will celebrate the life of gay British comic Kenny Everett
The BBC announced yesterday that it is shooting a 90-minute biopic about gay British comedian Kenny Everett.
Called The Best Possible Taste the drama focuses on Everett’s marriage from 1966 to 1979 to singer Lee Middleton.
Everett's ex-wife, now Lee Everett Alkin, denied their marriage was a fake. ‘We lived in a house in the Cotswolds and we were very happy there for many years,’ she told The Daily Mail in 2009. ‘It was very intense; a proper marriage for a long, long time. Then he started inviting friends, fellers, round and I knew he was mooning for them.’
Everett started off as a pirate radio DJ in the 60s and had his own TV show, The Kenny Everett Television Show, on the BBC from 1981 to 1988. He died aged 50 in 1995 of Aids-related illness.
Ex-Coronation Street actress Katherine Kelly will play Middleton and Oliver Lansley will play Everett in the biopic screened on BBC Four later this year.
‘Kenny Everett was a genuine original: wild and unfocused maybe, but also deliciously anarchic and always entertaining,’ said BBC Four controller Richard Klein. ‘Re-evaluating this talented and exuberant personality, enabling audiences to reconsider Kenny's undoubted impact and legacy, makes this a very BBC Four drama.’