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

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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Mpse Golden Reel Awards: ‘Life Of Pi’, ‘Les Misérables’, ‘Skyfall’, ‘Wreck-It Ralph’, ‘Game Of Thrones’, ‘Fringe’

Life Of Pi, Les Misérables, Skyfall and Wreck-It Ralph took home feature film prizes tonight at the Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards. Life Of Pi, which won two awards, and Skyfall are also Oscar-nominated for sound editing. Game Of Thrones, Fringe and Smash were among the winners of Golden Reels in television. In the ceremony at at downtown La’s Westin Bonaventure Hotel, the Mpse also presented Life Of Pi director Ang Lee the organization’s previously announced Filmmaker Award. Foley artist John Roesch received the Mpse’s 2013 Career Achievement Award. Roesch, whose list of credits is extensive, is the first Foley artist whose career the Mpse has recognized. The Golden Reels recognize sound editing in 22 categories encompassing feature films, television, animation, computer entertainment and student work. Complete list of winners follows: 2013 Golden Reel Award Winners Feature Film Category Best Sound Editing: Music In A Feature Film Life Of Pi
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