Bed Sitting Room Review

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In post-apocolyptic Britain 20 or so people are trying to find a way of dealing with the the alterations to their daily lives and possible extreme mutation in a very British way.


Richard Lester’s adaptation of the play by Spike Milligan and John Antrobus is a truly bonkers curio. Set in a blasted post-apocalypse Britain where roughly 20 people have survived, all of whom steadfastly avoid discussing what has happened, the film features an impressive pantheon of 1960s British talent – Milligan, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Ralph Richardson, Arthur Lowe, Michael Hordern, Marty Feldman, Harry Secombe – attempting to carry on as normal with bicycle-powered public transport and the ever-present threat of mutation.

Lowe turns into a parrot, Moore turns into a sheepdog, and Richardson wearily endures his inexorable transformation into the titular rented accommodation. As much Godot as Goon Show, it’s bleak, dark, surreal, silly, and truly unique.

Frankly this is about as bizarre and surreal as you would imagine a post-apocalyptic, dark comedy by Spike Milligan would be.