Return of the Majestics
Glad i got my order in early for the long awaited DVD release of the television series Tutti Frutti.
A number of online retailers are already sold out of their initial supplies, perhaps taken aback by the demand.
Then again, this is a show which has taken 22 years to appear on anything other than a bootleg video, it has twice sold out screenings at the Glasgow Film Theatre and, according to cast and crew, even two decades on still results in at least one question a day about "whatever happened to Tutti Frutti?"
"Every day. every bloody day, someone asks, what happened to Tutti Frutti, even in the States, everywhere," says Robbie Coltrane, who starred as Danny McGlone.
The reason, according to the BBC, was that paperwork relating to the performance of Tutti Frutti was never submitted to Jerry Lewis's record company (pedants will recall Robbie Coltrane's character changes the words to "I've got a girl in love, she makes me sleep in the tub" - a reference to Emma Thompson's character Suzie Kettles).
"I've heard so many stories over the years," says the show's creator John Byrne.
"I heard that somebody lost the paperwork but there have been so many stories.
"A guy phoned up a few years ago and said there were plans to release it and i just said good luck, it never came to anything.
"So yes, i'm thrilled it has happened at last. I honestly didn't think it would ever see the light of day."
But after 22 years, will it be worth the wait?
On the strength of the first episode, I think it'll still live up to the hype.
The TV style is as old-fashioned as the 80s outfit, those lingering shots look so dated in contrast to today's swiftly edited fast paced shows.
But the script is as sharp and as funny as it was back in 1987, thanks in no small part to performers like Richard Wilson as Eddie Clockerty and Katy Murphy as the long suffering Ms Toner.
The screen chemistry between Robbie Coltrane and Emma Thompson can't be faked - they're clearly big pals - and their on-off, will they, won't they relationship is genuinely engaging.