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The Duck House: MPs' expenses satire set for West End splash

17 September 2013 4:17 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Ben Miller to star in new London comedy set during Gordon Brown's time in office, by Mock the Week's Dan Patterson

From Peter Viggers' duck house to Richard Timney's adult entertainment, parliamentary expenses are to become the subject of a new West End satire starring the comedian Ben Miller.

Acclaimed playwright Terry Johnson will direct The Duck House, a comedy set during Gordon Brown's tenure as prime minister. It has been written by Mock the Week producer Dan Patterson and Have I Got News for You writer Colin Swash. The production will begin performances at London's Vaudeville theatre at the end of November, following a five-week national tour.

Miller will play backbench Labour MP Robert Houston, who in the face of the impending election, attempts to cross the floor to the Conservative party just as he becomes embroiled in the expenses scandal. Miller said: "They say that comedy equals tragedy plus time, »

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Keeley Hawes joins Mitchell & Webb sitcom 'Our Men'

5 March 2013 8:19 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Keeley Hawes has joined David Mitchell and Robert Webb's new sitcom Our Men.

The comedy drama series has been written by Rev co-creator James Wood with Spooks' Rupert Walters.

Our Men is set in the fictional Central Asian Republic of Tazbekistan, with Mitchell playing newly-arrived British Ambassador Keith Davies and Webb as his deputy head of mission Neil Tilly.

"It's such a good subject," Mitchell said last year of the set-up. "We couldn't believe that something along these lines hadn't been written before."

Hawes plays ambassador's wife Jennifer, with Yigal Naor (House Of Saddam) playing President of Tazbekistan Karzak.

The cast also features Susan Lynch, Amara Karanm, Shirvani Ghai, Natalia Tena and Debbie Chazen.

Guest stars for the series include Tom Hollander, Michael Smiley and Elliot Cowan

Our Men is a That Mitchell & Webb / Big Talk production, produced by Chris Carey and directed by Jeremy Webb.

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