Posts Tagged ‘The Thick Of It’

Satirist Would Cast Stuffed Animal to Play Boris Johnson

December 3, 2019

Here’s a funny story from yesterday’s I to provide some light relief, though it’s still about our comedy prime minister. And yes, I know it’s ad hominem, but it’s still funny. According to the article ‘PM could be played by stuffed animal’ by Alex Green, the satirist Armando Iannucci declared that he would make this casting choice at the British Independent Film Awards. Most of the article was really about the decision to cast Dev Patel as the hero in Iannucci’s colour-blind version of Dickens’ novel, The Personal History of David Copperfield. Iannucci said that he made the casting decision as a statement of Britishness, which ‘is open and generous and eccentric and funny, rather than closed and isolationist and withdrawn, which is the language we are hearing at the moment in certain other quarters.’

But of our comedy Prime Minister, the writer and creator of comedies like The Thick Of It, The Day Today and The Death of Stalin said, according to the newspaper, ‘I would probably use…stuffed animals. The smaller the better. The animal that shits the most.” This precisely shows how much Johnson is esteemed by the creator of those TV series and film. And as Johnson continues to show how inept, greedy and treacherous he really is, so more people are going to agree with Iannucci.

Vox Political: Who Cares for the NHS Junior Doctors?

February 6, 2016

This is another piece Mike’s got over at Vox Political, that needs to be given its due publicity. Two of the actors, who’ve played The Doctor, are appearing in posters urging support for the junior doctors. They are Peter Capaldi, the current Doctor, and John Hurt. Hurt has rather more personal reasons than most for wishing to preserve the NHS. He has recently recovered from pancreatic cancer. They’ve both also appeared in fictional political dramas. Capaldi was the foul-mouthed Machiavelli, Malcolm Tucker, in The Thick Of It, while John Hurt starred in a film about Profumo and as Alan Clarke in an adaptation of the old Nazi’s diaries. This isn’t a bit of Godwin’s Law. Clarke really did describe himself as a Nazi. He even had two dogs called Goering and Himmler. The piece is at http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2016/02/06/doctor-who-junior-doctors-get-high-profile-support-in-their-battle-against-jeremy-hunt/ where he also has the pics of them in the posters. Now expect Tory whining about ‘left-wing luvvies’.