Thursday, 25 November 2010
Me on Len for Sight & Sound. Rossiter's insistence on standards would have made him the perfect man to have on your team in times if austerity, yet oddly his perfectionism also seemed to mark him out as something of an individual. The article coincides with what might constitute a flurry of Rossiter-related releases, namely two particular artefacts.
A quality that is shared by another of my favourite actors, the potatoey everyman Gene Hackman, is that singular adroitness - or knack - of delivering a good personal turn in an otherwise dire production (we should make exceptions here for Gene's Polish accent in A Bridge Too Far), and it's this consistency of performance that should be remembered when viewing Tripper's Day, out now on DVD for the first time. Rossiter is ok in what was his final sitcom bow (he died midway through transmission of the Thames series), but the show itself is pretty atrocious. I'd say it's aged badly, but no-one really appeared to like it the first time round in truth. The second such cultural despatch is the first ever (hard to believe really) biography of the man, Character Driven - The Untold Story of a Comic Genius by Guy Adams, published by Aurum Press. No idea if it's any good, but at least someone else (in addition it should be said to the admins of this fondly dedicated fansite) is attempting to ensure his legacy is so justly revered.
The eponymous Norman Tripper's appropriately fastidious moustache meanwhile seemed like a good excuse for a drawing. I'm also available for commissions for portraits of alive, non-moustache wearing subjects by the way. Thanks.