Guest House Paradiso (1999)
Bottom was an anarchic sitcom that ran for three series on BBC2 and starred Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. After this ended, they decided that they wanted to squeeze a little more out of the idea (if you’ll pardon the phrasing of that). So there were also tapes released that featured outrageous outtakes, along with several stage tours.
They also did a film, that was essentially Bottom: The Movie, and this was directed by Edmondson (his film directorial debut, although he had previously directed some music videos). Guest House Paradiso definitely took the idea to the extreme, with lots of needless comedy violence, along with some that was probably needed. Frying pans played a big part of course.
Richie and Eddie (but not that Richie and Eddie, even though it was) ran the stinkiest and most run-down hotel in Britain, maybe even the world. Not many people are brave enough to stay, and any that do leave rather quickly. There’s no staff either. I can only imagine that the floor was sticky too. Even Fawlty Towers is a dream compared to this.
Richie tries to remember that his pants explode occasionally, while Eddie ensures that many a customer is satisfied, with consequences that could almost be described as hilarious. Also among the cast were Bill Nighy and Simon “bid again, Simon” Pegg (shall I do the “this probably doesn’t feature prominently on his CV now” joke? Well I just did).
But where does an award-winning Italian actress come into all of this? Is there something wrong with the fish everyone had for dinner? And what happens in the climax that requires what must be the unique credit of “vomit technician”? It was fair to say that Guest House Paradiso received mixed reviews, and was considered to be almost as good as Bring Me The Head Of Mavis Davis.
Many felt that this was a rather inferior spin-off from Bottom though and the idea had been rather exhausted. The DVD extras include a making-of, outtakes, and trailers. The only time that I can remember seeing this on TV was rather late at night on ITV4 or some such channel, almost as if they were rather embarrassed about it. I can’t think why.