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Hunting Venus
Huntingvenus duran
Background information
Written by Nick Vivian
Directed by Martin Clunes
Composer Jools Holland
Executive producer David Reynolds
Producer Philippa Braithwaite
Producer Colin Thurston
Editor Hugh Boyson
Cinematography Paul Wheeler
Running time 115 minutes
Production company Buffalo Pictures for Yorkshire Television
Original channel ITV (UK)
Original airing 31 March 1999
featuring Simon Le Bon

Hunting Venus is a British television comedy-drama starring Martin Clunes and Neil Morrisey as former members of a 1980s pop group. The one-off drama was broadcast on ITV on 31 March 1999, and was produced by Buffalo Pictures for Yorkshire Television. The film features Simon Le Bon and music by Duran Duran.

About the film[]

The plot follows former pop-star turned con artist Simon Delancey (Clunes), who is kidnapped by two fans of his eighties band the Venus Hunters, and blackmailed to re-form the band for one final show. Jools Holland appears as himself, and he also wrote the song "Starburst", The Venus Hunters' biggest hit. The film also features both Simon Le Bon and Yasmin Le Bon, plus Duran Duran's "Union of the Snake" played in the background during a reception area scene.

A compilation album Hunting Venus: A Soundtrack To The 80s was released to accompany the drama featuring songs from the 1980s, including two Duran Duran tracks.


  • Martin Clunes - Simon Delancey
  • Neil Morrissey - Charlotte
  • Jane Horrocks - Cassandra
  • Esther Coles - Jacqui
  • Daniel Webb - John
  • Mark Williams - Peter
  • Ben Miller - Gavin
  • Marlene Sidaway - Marge Beake
  • Roger Watkins - D.J. Hoardes
  • Jean Ainslie - Lovely Old Lady
  • Ian Gain - Car Dealer
  • Dermot Keaney - Doctor
  • John Mackie - Production Assistant
  • Stephen Churchett - Antiques Dealer
  • Laura Heath - Peter's Secretary
  • Francis Jeater - Receptionist
  • Steve Osbourne - Security Guard
  • Jools Holland - Himself
  • Simon Le Bon - Cast Member
  • Yasmin Le Bon - Cast Member
  • Tony Hadley - Cast Member
  • Human League - Cast Member
  • Gary Numan - Cast Member