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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Monday 15 February 2010
Friday 22 January 2010
This perfectly pleasant celebration of burlesque would look better as a late-night documentary on E4; on the big screen its impact feels rather lost.
Wednesday 16 December 2009
They're offensive, insulting, bullying, coarse and unkind. They're rude, scabrous, scatological and obscene. But the works of James Gillray are also some of the funniest and finest cartoons ever made.
Friday 04 December 2009
From the admirable CB Editions comes a delightful discovery. Dead at 25 in 1957, the Polish postwar firebrand Andrzej Bursa acquired a reputation as a quick-burning, existentially tormented rebel: a literary James Dean of the Stalinist era.
Sunday 08 November 2009
Watching Sacha Baron Cohen disguised as a camp Austrian fashion guru, the viewer can snort with laughter, gawp in disbelief at the rudeness,marvel at the star's physicalcomedy and death defying bravery ... and still end up being disappointed that it wasn'tdone better. The reasonis, simply, that it was donebetter, three years ago,when it was called Borat.Brüno copies Boratalmost scene for scene,repeating a once-winningformula without thefreshness or inspiration.
Sunday 04 October 2009
Friday 11 September 2009
Lydia Millet is a writer drawn to oddballs and obsessives, but even when her characters verge on the cartoonish, they remain engaging.
Friday 14 August 2009
Capuchin has quietly built up a stylish, distinctive reprint list that takes in both fixtures from the canon (Swift to Tolstoy) and under-appreciated gems from more recent decades.
Tuesday 28 July 2009
Sacha Baron Cohen, the creator of Ali G and Borat, has stepped up his personal security after a Palestinian militia group issued a veiled threat over its portrayal in his latest film, Brüno. The al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades said it was "very upset" about a scene in which Baron Cohen, playing a gay Austrian fashion reporter, ridicules Ayman Abu Aita, a man identified as the terror group's leader.
Wednesday 22 July 2009
Friday 10 July 2009
In writing this playful noir thriller-cum- The Da Vinci Code pastiche, the versatile Faber shows he can pen an off-the-cuff satire, when needed.
Sunday 28 June 2009
Is there anyone better at creating buzz around his own movies than Sacha Baron Cohen? He did a good job of publicising Borat three years ago, but it was nothing compared to his efforts to promote Brüno. His surprise appearance at the MTV Awards earlier this month was watched by 100 million people – and countless more on YouTube.
Friday 19 June 2009
Thursday 18 June 2009
Sunday 14 June 2009
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