It’s been – brace yourselves – 30 years since the Famous Five cycled cheerfully around the countryside, uncovering sinister skulduggery in The Comic Strip Presents... Five Go Mad in Dorset.
The wonderful parody of The Famous Five books helped cement the career of a host of 'alternative' comedy talent, including Ade Edmondson, Jennifer Saunders, and Dawn French.
To mark the occasion – with heaps of sandwiches and lashings of ginger beer, of course – the Comic Strip reunites Julian, Anne, Dick, George and Timmy the dog (!) for an updated caper.
Dick (Adrian Edmondson) appears to have lost none of his thirst for adventure as he brings the old gang together for a nostalgic holiday. But his jaded chums hide dark secrets that could scupper the japes and scrapes.
Is there still a place in the world for the Five — and shall there be jam for tea?
What Comic Strip Presents... Five Go To Rehab lacks in anarchic innovation (the original 1982 parody sparked complaints from viewers), it more than makes up for with spirited playing, an affectionate eye and a sweet ending.