Virgin One, 2009
Filling that difficult gap in the Virgin One schedules between light-hearted documentaries about the personal lives of conjoined twins and their late night offerings from adult channels (occasionally occupied by repeats of Hustle) Virgin One decided to commission its first drama series from the team behind TV’s popular Bonekickers.
Starring Neil Morrissey Boon-kickers was a pilot that never made it to a series – the central concept of digging up the corpse of the late Michael Elphick, putting it on a motorbike, and having Morrissey and his protege (played by Rupert Penry Jones) kicking the corpse when disappointed at failing to solve a crime, failed to ignite the popular imagination. Even the appearance of Ashley Jensen, as “woman outside a shop talking to Bella Emberg”, did not generate sufficient audience appeal.
Boon-kickers was put out of its misery during broadcast – being pulled following the second commercial break and replaced with stand-by Virgin One documentary a heart-warming tale of a man with blond hair that married his horse.