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In one scene, Neil Hamilton derides Conservative Party leadership candidate Michael Ancram, calling him "a bloated old fart". This was during the 2001 Conservative Party leadership election (won by Iain Duncan Smith), during which Louis Theroux was also filming 'When Louis Met Ann Widdecombe' which showed her in support of Ancram. He was eliminated in the first ballot. See more »

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On the way back from the solicitor's office, Neil Hamilton is driving the car south down Haymarket, then it cuts to a different point, but the car is now at Piccadilly Circus turning onto Haymarket, going down the same way they've just gone. In other words, this is earlier on in the journey, not later on as Louis's narration suggests (unless Neil has gone round in a circle). See more »

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Louis Theroux: The only identifying characteristic she could come up with was a blue dress?
Neil Hamilton: Yeah. She doesn't even know whether I'm circumcised or not.
Christine Hamilton: Oh, for Christ's sake!
Neil Hamilton: Oh no, we asked that question to the police. They don't know, needless to say, because they hadn't thought to ask it.
Michael Coleman: I asked the policemen "Did she say circumcised or not?" And they said "Well, is he?" and I said "No, you ask her whether he is."
[Him and Neil laugh]
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Louis is given a perfect subject on a plate but deals with it with kid gloves
28 March 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Louis spends time with Neil and Christine Hamilton – the disgraced politicians who appear to live off publicity. However two days into his documentary Neil and Christine are arrested and charged with sexual abuse, Louis follows them through this and talks about their life in general.

Louis had a good pick here and suddenly finds himself in the middle of the biggest UK sex scandal of the year. However he doesn't know what to do with it and finds himself swallowed by bigger events. In fact it seems to make him go even softer on them and doesn't push on as much as you'd think. He allows them to dodge difficult question (where does their money come from? Is it all newspaper stories), and to stage manage some things (Christine going up to Louis's room to kiss him goodnight when he's asleep).

In fact Louis even says he feels like their child at one point. However this takes away from the exposing nature of his relationship. Needless to say it is still fascinating viewing, especially to see the story from the inside. Neil and Christine come over as very middleclass and smug – very irritating. It's easy to believe they didn't rape a girl as part of an orgy (as they were accused) but you dislike them for the way they milk the media in the way they always have and profit from the story.

Louis doesn't pick up on this as much as he usually would and as a result it's not as good as other programmes. However as a close look at a scandal and a look at a couple who don't work but rather appear to swoop onto publicity like vultures this is pretty good.


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