Out in the world of TV and movie production, millions are regularly spent on scripts containing a fraction of the complexity, ambition or potential in ‘A Random Act of Kindness’. Inside No. 9’s first sci-fi story was an imaginative feat frustratingly limited inside a BBC comedy budget.
Given the right backing, this desperately sad tale of a bereaved son’s guilt driving him to invent time travel and sacrifice his life to repair his relationship with his mother would make an excellent feature film. There could be an indie version starring Chloe Sevigny and David Thewlis, or a big Hollywood one perhaps, with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in the Jessica Hynes and Steve Pemberton roles. Triple the runtime, add a couple of zeroes to the budget, forget about the need to contain all the action inside a ‘number nine’ and you’d really have something.