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Identity crisis for Trevor.

Byline: Paddy Shennan

IT'S Bob Monk house! No, it's James Stewart! No, hang on, it IS Hughie Green . . . isn't it?

In many ways, Trevor Eve was onto a loser playing the title role in Hughie Green, Most Sincerely (BBC4, Wednesday).

The late, pretty-much unlamented Opportunity Knocks presenter had a personality crisis - he was a deeply unpleasant man who faced a constant battle to hide this fact from the public.

It also seems he had an identity crisis - he didn't appear to know who he really was and what he should really sound like.

At first, I thought Eve was struggling badly with that unappealing voice and those unappealing mannerisms.

Then I realised that, while Green may have been, or tried to be, many things and many people, the one thing he wasn't was a true individual. With his own voice.

There was such a large helping of slime, smarm and seediness in this engrossing drama you almost felt the need to have a shower immediately afterwards.

At its heart were Tweedledee and Tweedledum: Green and his occasional work colleague, Jess "The Bishop" Yates, of Stars On Sunday fame.

The pair deserved each other, although it was the hapless Yates (played by Mark Benton, looking a little like a fat Max Wall in the part)who suffered most when the pair eventually fell out.

Womanising Green shopped his fellow philanderer Yates to the News Of The World ("The Bishop and The Actress"), thereby ending his career, although both men were dead when Green's biggest bombshell was dropped ... he was the biological father of Paula Yates.

Green had an on-off affair with Jess Yates's wife, Elaine, and, although he knew that Paula was his, it was a secret he ensured wasn't revealed by his journalist pal (to his daughter and the world at large) until after his funeral.

The longer this drama went on and the older Green became, the more Eve seemed to grow into the role - the role of a selfish, self important and sanctimonious swine who, apparently, thought he was God's gift to television, as well as women.

Biggest mysteries of all?

Why did an attractive, glamorous woman marry Fatty Yates?

And why were so many women seduced by the oily, bad-tempered Green?

Television can't be that powerful ... can it?
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 5, 2008
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