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There's No Business... (1994 film)

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There's No Business...
Directed byKevin Molony[1]
Produced byClaudia Lloyd[2]
Written byRowland Rivron
StarringSimon Brint
Rowland Rivron
Lee Cornes
Alexander Armstrong
Stephen Frost
Mark Arden
Music bySimon Brint
Simon Wallace
CinematographyColin Fox
Edited byPiers Douglas[3]
Prospect Pictures
Release date
Running time
74 minutes

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There's No Business... is a 1994 British partially improvised comedy film directed by Kevin Molony[4] and produced by Claudia Lloyd for Prospect Pictures.

It stars Raw Sex (Simon Brint and Rowland Rivron) as Ken Bishop and his stepson Duane, and Lee Cornes as their musical agent Dickie Valentino, in their attempt to remake a track by Ken's old band, 'The Nice Twelve' for a TV advert for 'Pinkies', a brand of kitchen gloves made by Mort Clayton (Mac McDonald). Alexander Armstrong (Tim) and Sam Graham (Fergus) work for the fictional advertising agency Sprote and Sprote.

The film takes its name from the 1954 film There's No Business Like Show Business which itself borrowed the 1946 song of the same name by Irving Berlin, written for the musical Annie Get Your Gun.

Cast (in order of appearance)[edit]

Luke Hartley Scott as Boy
Rowland Rivron as Duane Bishop
Simon Brint as Kenworth "Ken" Bishop
Alana Carlucci as Receptionist
Alexander Armstrong as Tim
Sam Graham as Fergus
Chris Palmer as Crispian Sprote
Emma Longworth as Ems
Mark Bannister as Marcus
Mac McDonald as Mort Clayton
Stephen Frost as Reg Prince
Mark Benton as Barman
Tilly Vosburgh as Tilly
Lee Cornes as Dickie Valentino
Mark Arden as Johnny Blackpool
Paul Mark Elliott as Bernie Cosmos
Eduardo as Himself
Arnold Brown as Himself
Ian Hill as Accordionist
Jan Prince as Trudi
Henry House as Spider Bishop
Jonathan Ross as Himself
Sylvia Grant as Shopper
Penny Smith as Herself

Jools Holland (piano) and Gilson Lavis (drums) are uncredited members of the band. Costume design was by Penny McDonald (as Penny Beard)[5]


The film was released in 1994.


Interior locations in London include The Lord Clyde pub on Essex Road, Islington and the Rivoli Ballroom in Crofton Park. Exterior shots include the Carlton Cinema, also on Essex Road;[6] the Imperial War Museum; Lambeth Palace; and Lambeth North tube station.


At the start of the film Ken rides a Panther Model 100 600cc motorcycle[7] with Duane (plus bongos and keyboard) in the sidecar. Dickie Valentino is erratically driven around in a Mark IV Ford Cortina by Johnny Blackpool. Ken travels on a Piccadilly line 1973 Underground train in original livery. During the final credits, Ken and Duane hop on a number 159 AEC Routemaster bus. The Routemaster's final scheduled journey was on the 159 route in December 2005.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

The film has had very few critical reviews. It has no entry on Rotten Tomatoes. Andrew O'Neill opens a brief appreciation with the words "No one knows about this film, and that's a fucking tragedy." Rivron and Brint's film "includes pretty much every one of the under-appreciated acts from the first wave of alternative comedy." Brint wrote "music for pretty much every comedy show in the '80s and '90s, but here he is piss-funny as the understated keyboardist and bandleader Ken Bishop."[9]

See also[edit]

  • The Oblivion Boys


  1. "Kevin Molony". BFI. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  2. Claudia Lloyd on IMDb
  3. "Piers Douglas". BFI. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  4. "Kevin Molony Writer/Director". Film The Magazine. Film Festival International in conjunction with Madrid & Tenerife IFF 2015 (3): 33. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  5. Penny McDonald on IMDb
  6. "ABC Cinema, 161-169 Essex Road, London". Cinema Treasures. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  7. With front fork tubes and a rear swingarm (or possibly a Model 120)
  8. "Routemaster makes final journey". BBC News. 9 December 2005. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  9. O'Neill, Andrew (18 August 2014). "No one knows about this – and that's a tragedy". Chortle. Retrieved 30 November 2019.

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