Monday, 10 October 2005

A Very Social Secretary

by Charles Pooter

The new UK TV channel More 4 launched today. Its first programme was a comedy drama about David Blunkett's affair with the publisher of the conservative weekly, The Spectator. I thought most of the actors did a great job of portraying the various players in the debarcle. Robert Lindsay did a good Blair, although a Blair who bears a remarkable resemblance to the middle class dentist and dad in middle-of-the-road BBC sitcom My Family (a pity Blair didn't want to be a dentist). Doon MacKichan of Brass Eye and Smack the Pony was quite good as Cherie. Even blogger Stephen Pollard gets imitated. However, the stand out acting came from Bernard Hill whose portrayal of Blunkett was hilarious and at times moving. I would go so far as to say it has even humanised the man in my eyes somewhat, even if he is a constitution-shredding, freedom-hating, power-hungry, wannabe tyrant.

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