On 26 February, Spitting Image will celebrate its 30 birthday. BBC Four will mark the occasion with a special episode of Arena which promises to tell the “vexed and frequently hilarious story” of the sketch show which ran for 21 series between 1984 and 1996 and marked a high point in British satire.
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Wednesday 06 April 2011
Raising more than a few eyebrows and winner of every Best Play award going, the Royal Court's sell out smash hit comedy runs at Wyndham's Theatre until 7 May.
Tuesday 05 April 2011
From casual violence to genocide, acts of cruelty can be traced back to how the perpetrator identifies with other people, argues psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen. Is he right?
Tuesday 08 March 2011
A minor league player has been sent off for wrestling a pitch invader dressed as UK comic Sacha Baron Cohen's faux-documentary character "Borat" to the ground.
Wednesday 02 March 2011
Muammar Gaddafi has become the subject for satirists and parodies across the web.
Sunday 30 January 2011
To say that Thomas Love Peacock is an acquired taste is something of an understatement.
Friday 10 December 2010
Friday 12 November 2010
Andrew Marvell was a great poet, but not an especially nice man. He had few friends, and did not trust people easily. He was also an angry man, and his immediate posthumous reputation was based on a series of sharp satires. As Nigel Smith shows in this profound and often moving biography, Marvell's anger came from hurt and disappointment. He grew up a clever clergyman's son in flourishing Hull, where he went to school with richer boys. Marvell's life illustrates the idea that to become a great poet some setbacks in youth are required. The loss of his father in 1641 in a boating accident left him desolate; he never entirely recovered.
Tuesday 05 October 2010
Take some needless violence, a religious satire and a dash of incest - and you've got yourself a collection of films too shocking for cinema.
Monday 16 August 2010
The first major exhibition of work by Italian Baroque painter and controversial political satirist Salvator Rosa (1615- 1673) in over 35-years is due to open next month at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Tuesday 15 June 2010
The political satirist Rory Bremner has claimed that the "chilling" effect of fundamentalism means that every time he writes a sketch about Islam he fears that he is signing his own death warrant.
Friday 28 May 2010
Unstrapping his shin pads after last year's success with The Duckworth Lewis Method, Neil Hannon returns to his main day-job with Bang Goes The Knighthood, an album on which the cast of familiar Divine Comedy characters are targeted with his usual precision and urbanity.
Tuesday 27 April 2010
He achieved fame as the white gangster-rapper Ali G, before wowing Hollywood as Kazakh TV presenter Borat and gay fashion journalist Brüno. Now Sacha Baron Cohen is preparing to unveil a fourth alter ego. No one is entirely sure of the new character's name yet, but his job description will almost certainly involve goats.
Friday 23 April 2010
Not since the days of Jim Hacker or Alan B'Stard has political comedy been so satisfying.
Sunday 18 April 2010
Not since Yes, Prime Minister has there been a political TV series as entertaining as this delicious satire.
Friday 09 April 2010
Beyond her famous rueful wit and hard-won, lightly-worn insight, Wendy Cope in her poems offers a painless lesson in the intricate pleasures of form. "How to Deal with the Press", for example, is a villanelle.
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