It worked with 'Crime and Punishment'!
Dear fellow fans/discerning viewers:
Fellow fan site The Railway Arms once helped persuade the BBC to make the decision to release a DVD of 'Crime and Punishment' (in which John played Raskolnikov) and for years we have bemoaned the fact that the only way to see this classic situation comedy, 'Men of the World' have been sub-standard quality recordings purchased online. Now obviously we would all much rather pay for a properly licensed and better quality product but if one isn't available...
So please go and add your voice to this worthwhile cause - it won't take a minute!
Here's what we said to Aunty Beeb, and there's a clicky link at the bottom:
We respectfully request that you release a DVD of the 1994 series situation comedy 'Men of The World', starring David Threlfall ('Shameless', 'What Remains' numerous theatre productions and films) and John Simm ('Crime & Punishment', 'The Lakes', 'State of Play', 'Exile', 'Sex Traffic', 'Mad Dogs', 'Doctor Who', 'The Village' and the upcoming 'Prey'...).
Not only are both actors now widely acclaimed, each with their own enthusiastic fanbase, but the series, written by Daniel Peacock ( The Young Ones, Little Armadillos, Only Fools and Horses, Robin of Sherwood, The Bill, Doctor Who, Casualty, One Foot in the Grave...) was a genuine comedy and a great example of two of our finest actors in their early years.
Lenny Smart (Threlfall) and Kendle Bains (Simm) are flatmates and work together as travel agents in Manchester. Thirtysomething Lenny attempts, with the help of old friend Gilby (Peacock), to turn sensitive 23-year-old Kendle into a "real man".
Please help a new generation who have never had the chance to see this classic learn what great comedy timing is. And it has a really catchy theme tune, too!
Thank you for your consideration.
To sign our petition, please go here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/men-of-the-world-please-release-it-on-dvd/
The news that John is to make an appearance on Sunday 8th July 2012 at Showmaster's London Film and Comic Con was greeted with delight on the LFFC forum and surprise by some fans.
It's fairly well known that John does not always seem entirely comfortable when being mobbed by admirers, so the news that he is to spend a day surrounded by film and comic fans and has also signed up for a number of photo shoots (where, in case you're not aware, fans pay to have their photograph taken with an actor or celebrity by a professional photographer) came as quite a surprise.
Fans on two popular forums, Simm-ply Simm and The Railway Arms
expressed amazement and delight at this turn of events, with some expressing the view that hopefully he would enjoy himself and might even do it again!
Certainly for those who may never have had the opportunity to see John perform in live theatre will welcome the chance to meet the man behind Sam Tyler and The Master, to name but two of his most well-known roles. ..
Created by a small group of fans when it seemed that we might be in danger of losing the two biggest online resources for information about John's career