A T.V sketch show set in the future looking back over the beginning of the 21st century, between 2005 and 2030.
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Series cast summary:
Richard Ayoade ...  Himself / ... 6 episodes, 2006
Adam Buxton ...  Various / ... 6 episodes, 2006
Matthew Holness Matthew Holness ...  Himself / ... 6 episodes, 2006
Armando Iannucci ...  Himself / ... 6 episodes, 2006
Stewart Lee ...  Himself / ... 6 episodes, 2006
Kate O'Sullivan Kate O'Sullivan ...  Various 6 episodes, 2006
Mark Doherty 5 episodes, 2006
Doña Croll Doña Croll ...  June Sarpong 4 episodes, 2006
David Sant David Sant ...  Footballer of the year / ... 4 episodes, 2006
Anthony Colby Anthony Colby ...  Various 3 episodes, 2006
Delena Kidd Delena Kidd ...  Various 3 episodes, 2006
Steven Wickham ...  Jamie Oliver / ... 3 episodes, 2006
Sebastian Abineri Sebastian Abineri ...  Various 2 episodes, 2006
Richard Alleman ...  Various 2 episodes, 2006
Paul Antony-Barber ...  Various 2 episodes, 2006
Ann Ash Ann Ash ...  Various 2 episodes, 2006
Richard Field Richard Field ...  Various 2 episodes, 2006
David Gant ...  Bob Geldof 2 episodes, 2006
Ian Kelly Ian Kelly ...  Various 2 episodes, 2006
Lewis Macleod ...  Various 2 episodes, 2006
Barry Murphy Barry Murphy ...  Various 2 episodes, 2006
Trevor Peacock ...  Gordon Brown 2 episodes, 2006
Linda Ward-Phillips Linda Ward-Phillips ...  Various 2 episodes, 2006
Katy Wix 2 episodes, 2006
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A T.V sketch show set in the future looking back over the beginning of the 21st century, between 2005 and 2030.

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3 August 2006 (UK) See more »

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Paul Burrell: Based on facts, as I choose to see them.
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Remade as Time Trumpet (2011) See more »

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A little dated but still very funny in places
13 April 2015 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

Time Trumpet was the brain child of Armando Iannucci who was one of the creators of the TV show 'I Am Alan Partridge' as well as several other clever comedy shows. It was a satirical take on current affairs from the perspective of looking back from 25 years in the future. The format allowed for a sketch-based show with contributions of various comedians and a variety of actors playing older versions of contemporary celebrities.

This one seems to sort of gone under the radar a bit and never got beyond one season. I guess it was something of an acquired taste in fairness. I do recall, however, finding it absolutely hilarious when I saw it on its initial run, having just seen it again I have to admit to not finding it quite so impressive. But I think the main reason for this is that like other shows that focus on political satire it was very much of its time and much of the humour is focused on immediate events and don't work so well years later which I suppose is quite ironic given the premise of the show. For instance, much of the material is derived from the Tony Blair-Gordon Brown political axis. But of course from today's perspective, Brown is now seen in an entirely different light given his disastrous stint as prime minister. So from the perspective of today much of the satire is unsurprisingly dated.

Nevertheless, there are moments of comedy greatness here that remain very funny. Some highlights for me were the segment about Tescos invading Denmark with incredibly advanced military technology, baying mobs chasing Justin Lee Collins through London and beating him to death on account of one of his pranks for 'The Friday Night Project' and the discovery of the dark secret that underpinned the 'Stars in their Eyes' TV show. The format of the series does allow a lot of scope for comic invention and this is certainly its strength as a whole. So while much of the political humour may be dated, there are several moments of comic class.


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