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Very Important People: will Channel 4's new takeoff show take off?

26 April 2012 6:16 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

How will the broadcaster's new impression show compare with the classics of the past – and how will it deal with modern social sensibilities?

It's a standard part of the educational process for pupils to impersonate their teachers – and in every generation, there are a few who, regardless of the advice of their careers advisor, go on to do it for a living. Mike Yarwood, Rory Bremner, Alistair McGowan, Ronni Ancona, Jan Ravens and Jon Culshaw have been the star impressionists of successive TV generations. Since McGowan and Bremner diversified into other areas, TV's major impersonators have been comedians moonlighting – Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in The Trip – but this Friday night Morgana Robinson and Terry Mynott will lead the latest attempt to make takeoffs on TV take off, with Channel 4's Very Important People.

Who Do You Do?, an impersonation show featuring Freddie Starr and others, was popular in »

- Mark Lawson

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