WITH 90s ‘sex tape drama’ Pam & Tommy a hit on streaming services, which other tabloid fodder of the era is ripe for adaptation next? Definitely these momentous events:
Jarvis Cocker mooning Michael Jackson
A story with all the the makings of a heist thriller. The big score is waving your arse at Jacko while he sings Earth Song at the BRITs. We see the planning stage – Jarvis poring over blueprints of the venue months in advance – and finally the execution, evading security to deliver a textbook arse-flapping in front of an audience of millions.
Gazza and the Dentist’s Chair
A tale of sporting redemption in which Gazza is played by the versatile Toby Jones. He joins Teddy Sheringham (Michael Fassbender) and Steve McManaman (Benedict Cumberbatch) in a Hong Kong nightclub and is tied to a chair with booze poured down his throat. Only to be exposed by the paps. A bollocking from England manager Terry Venables (Sir Ian McKellen) follows and finally a wonder goal at Euro 96. It’s got ‘ITV on a Sunday night’ written all over it.
Hugh Grant and Divine Brown
Hugh Grant plays himself, revisiting his most controversial moment, and it’s not Mickey Blue Eyes. It’s LA in 1995. Hugh is cheating on Liz Hurley to get a blowie on Sunset Boulevard from Divine Brown. Episode one would open on his iconic mugshot – then somehow stretch to a five-part mini series for Sky.
The Cool Britannia Party
The new House of Cards. The year is 1997, New Labour are riding a wave and Tony Blair is still six years away from being hated by everyone. We see the guest list taking shape while chancellor Brown grumbles about ‘how much all this will cost’. The PM listens to a CD marked ‘modern music’ on his Walkman and scribbles out Aqua and Chumbawamba from his list before finally circling the guest of honour: Noel Gallagher from Oasis.
Marathon changes its name to Snickers
Drama set in 1990 about the boardroom wrangling and backstabbing which led to Marathon being renamed Snickers. Think whiteboards filled with dire economic predictions, torrid deliberations to match only 12 Angry Men, and one trailblazing employee with a plan to change the confectionery industry forever. If successful, it will get a sequel: Opal Fruits vs Starburst.