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Old 06-12-2011, 13:22   #41
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I really enjoyed it, its good to see good satire on our telly, made me laugh within 7 minutes (when it arises how ridiculously out of date the news media are whilst the internet goes unmonitored), then it changed its satire again to peoples general concenceptions of politicians and on it went. Liekd the ending as well, because was thinking would like to see the ramifications after, like others I would have thought the Churchill effect would have happened (a dissassociation with the memory), but was happy with the wife effect ending we had instead. Well acted and written, lets hope this is the weakest of the bunch!
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Old 06-12-2011, 17:04   #42
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Why all the cross examination - I don't think it was meant to be taken that seriously - more a framework to make digs at elements of our government and society; in the same vein as Robocop - is not 'real'.

As for the fingers - it didn't even cross my mind in the short time that I saw them - I just made a logical leap that it was the Princess'.

Great telly, with a tongue very firmly in the cheek but played straight.
That's all very well and good, but shows like The Day Today and Brass Eye took a similar premise and made it work. Crucially because those shows satirised the news media and its various relationships with other social institutions; they didn't take the easy route out by aiming cheap digs at the public and imply unfounded complicity. We're not a faceless mass of Youtube trolls.
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Old 07-12-2011, 13:03   #43
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but IMO it's entirely conceivable that there would be a *major* scandal involving a top politician or Royal (in fact all too likely with a party boy like Harry) the like of which we have never seen before, and that the Government would be powerless to keep under wraps

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Old 07-12-2011, 13:26   #44
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That's all very well and good, but shows like The Day Today and Brass Eye took a similar premise and made it work. Crucially because those shows satirised the news media and its various relationships with other social institutions; they didn't take the easy route out by aiming cheap digs at the public and imply unfounded complicity. We're not a faceless mass of Youtube trolls.
But isn't that the point of satire - you pick on something and make a generalisation out of it, even if the truth is more acute.
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Old 08-12-2011, 00:26   #45
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I would say you exaggerate or make a caricature of something. Bloke at work was complaining its not satire its just a man shagging a pig, I have a feeling he doesn't know what satire is, as one of the most famous pieces of satire was Jonathan Swift on the Irish potato famine where he suggested they ate their babies.
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Old 08-12-2011, 01:31   #46
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Just caught up with this. Uncomfortable viewing indeed! I was quite surprised just how squirm inducing it was.

Great TV. And the first thing I've seen Lindsay Duncan in since The Reflecting Skin.
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His writing was pitiful. Like a toddler. A shame that the budget wasn't spent on funding new work by a proper writer rather than a populist oaf. He's good at what he does and it's a shame his ego has ballooned so far that he now imagines himself to be some 21st century renaissance man.

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I thought it was total **** to the point of sheer embarrassment. I don't know why anyone would willingly put their name to that.
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I thought it was ridiculous.
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Love the reactions to this! Bet you all tune in to next week's episode.
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I really enjoyed it.

Only problem is, every time I have seen Cameron on the tv since, I wish someone would kidnap a princess.
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There are magazines for people like you. Charlie Brooker is a vain man.
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I really enjoyed it.

Only problem is, every time I have seen Cameron on the tv since, I wish someone would kidnap a princess.


Maybe instead of a pig they could hire Eric Pickles.
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No - that's going too far.
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His writing was pitiful. Like a toddler. A shame that the budget wasn't spent on funding new work by a proper writer rather than a populist oaf. He's good at what he does and it's a shame his ego has ballooned so far that he now imagines himself to be some 21st century renaissance man.
What aspect of the writing did you dislike specifically?
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I love his tv burpesque casual observations of mainstream tat and cynical insights, but the more i read him on twitter/saw him on 10 o'clock live the less I think he's responsible for writing news/screenwipe. When his imagination gets the better of him he comes out with anarchical drivel that is ridiculously OTT, fine in snippets, crud when drawn out over an hour
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What aspect of the writing did you dislike specifically?
It makes people smile.
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Add me to the list of people that liked it. It was entertaining and a morsel for thought.
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I liked it (reasonably funny/thought-provoking), but then I am a Guardian reader. Better than that Dead Set thing he did.
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Brooker is basically the flip-side of Clarkson. He stumbled on a schtick, people love him for it and he's made a career out of it. It's like being a TDF Forum Personality - except for the people loving it and career bits.
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