Rik Mayall’s son Sid is in a comedy film with Nigel Planner, Johnny Vegas and Harry Enfield

March 18, 2021

Did you know that Sid Mayall followed in his fathers footsteps in 2016 by featuring in a comedy special called Red Top, appearing as a corrupt police officer?

Red Top is inspired by the phone-hacking scandal but set in the 1970s. 

The show is allegedly based on true events. It is about an innocent and beguiling girl named Rebekah Brooks (Maxine Peake), who becomes chief executive of News International by accident and consequently gets mixed up in a 1970s Watergate-style scandal. 

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The comedy film’s cast includes Nigel Planer (Rupert Murdoch), Russell Tovey (Andy Coulson), Johnny Vegas (a drunk reporter named Johnny), Alexei Sayle (Colin Goodman), Harry Enfield (Ross Kemp) and Stephen Mangan (Tony Blair).

Nigel Planer played alongside Rik in The Young Ones, explained: “Sid does a good acting job. He is great.”

On playing Rupert Murdoch, Nigel said: “It was a surprise researching him as, unlike his Spitting Image puppet, he is not a hate figure who we see in the papers.

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“He is quite charming, intelligent and quite spunky. We get ideas in our mind about who these figures are and who they are going to be.
“He was much more able to think on his feet and did not seem like a Bond villain.

“He was alarmingly charming which is worrying, but he surprised me.”

Maxine Peake who plays Rebekah Brooks, a former The Sun editor said, “It has been great to get back to comedy. It was a joy after all that po-faced acting.

“I started off doing comedy and I did a lot of serious stuff and I was worried they would not let me back in.”

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Sid is also a drummer in Camden Rock band, Pink Cigar.

If you want to see him in action, the band is really quite easy to find on the internet!

Let us know what you think of Sid being in this film and if you have seen it!

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