The Comic Strip Presents...: Season 9, Episode 1

The Hunt for Tony Blair (15 Oct. 2011)

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This 'Fifties Fugitive' movie,a clever pastiche of monochrome British B films,opens with the police arriving to arrest prime minister Tony Blair for murder - well,he did allow himself to be... See full summary »


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This 'Fifties Fugitive' movie,a clever pastiche of monochrome British B films,opens with the police arriving to arrest prime minister Tony Blair for murder - well,he did allow himself to be abducted by a thug called George Bush and collude in murdering a bunch of Afghans. Aided by Barbara Windsor Blair goes on the run but none of the peers he created will give him sanctuary,Gordon Brown just wants to kill him and 'Squealer' Mandelson is no help either. Apart from trying to flog his book all he does is incriminate Blair in the deaths of John Smith and Robin Cook. After he has pushed a tramp off a train and been grassed up by Carol Caplan Blair ends up at the Gothic mansion of faded Southern Belle Margaret Thatcher and in her bed. A climax at the Chilton Theatre in the manner of 'The Thirty-Nine Steps' will lead to an end title revealing the fates of those concerned. Written by don @ minifie-1

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If only it was funny
16 October 2011 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I was looking forward to seeing this. It seemed like a good idea, and I have happy memories of the inimitable 'Strike' from twenty-odd years ago. This used the same basic approach: turn English political history into a movie pastiche. This time it took a lot from the old Robert Donat version of the Thirty-Nine Steps. Stephen Mangan did a good job as the lead. He acted the role as a slightly Blair-ised version of himself. The other actors were fine, too. Jennifer Saunders was great, playing Margaret Thatcher in the manner of Sunset Boulevard. The only problem was the script - rather an important deficiency in this type of comedy. There were some funny moments, but they were pretty brief. At times, in desperation, swearing was used as a substitute for humour. A let down.

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