Memories of working with Rik Mayall

By Ross Findon

Monday, June 23, 2014


Memories of working with Rik Mayall

Filming for Guest House Paradiso, starring Rik Mayall, on the Isle of Wight. Picture courtesy of Graham Reading.

ISLANDERS have been in touch with their memories of working on the Rik Mayall film Guest House Paradiso on the Isle of Wight.

Following the comedian’s death earlier this month, freelance photographer Graham Reading contacted us with his shots of Rik filming on the Island.

Toby Collard, who was a runner and driver on the film, said: "He was cracking jokes with everyone. He was a good laugh and very funny."

Firefighter Damon Corr worked on one of the scenes in the 1999 film in which a motorcycle weaves in and out of old military trucks.

"They wanted to film it on the Military Road, but couldn’t get permission to close it, so one of the taxiways at Bembridge Airport was used to double up instead," said Damon.

Stuart Stevens provided one of the stars of the show — a classic Mk1 Ford Escort — which he still owns and is pictured below.


Guest House Paradiso director and actor Ade Edmondson films a scene with Stuart Stevens' Mk1 Escort.


Stuart Stevens' Mk1 Escort as it is now.


Damon Corr on location at Bembridge Airport, for Guest House Paradiso.

Rik Mayall

Rik Mayall

Filming Guest House Paradiso. Picture by Graham Reading.

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