Ahem. Anyway, an interview with Chris Barrie is in The Sun today to celebrate the release of the first series of Spitting Image. This just has to be littered with mistakes, right? Well, let’s take a look…
Actually, the article itself isn’t that bad, with a few nice ideas from Chris as to how public figures would be portrayed if Spitting Image was around today, even if he does talk about the ‘PC Brigade’ who would restrict the programme’s humour. I’d love to know who makes up this brigade, because I’ve never met a single one. And in any case, wasn’t Spitting Image always a bit of a liberal wank-fest anyway? Not that I’ve ever objected to that – it formed my political outlook – but clearly Chris has gained the impression that there’s a dominant sensitivity to satire nowadays, and I’m curious as to why. If he’s talking about TV executives, my opinion is that they’re probably more sensitive about the large amount of money that the original series cost, rather than its content.
Anyway, the sentence that really flabbergasted me was this;
Chris continued: “The Brittas Empire was a lot of fun to do. People do describe him as the original David Brent.”
Eh? Why does every comic figure who’s a bit of a tit have to be compared to David Brent? In any case, Brittas was far more extreme and more complex, IMHO; he was the pivot for every plot, rather than being just a bit of a wanker who ran the place. If you DO think they’re that similar, then try describing David Brent as ‘Brittas-esque’; which doesn’t work, proving the two characters really aren’t that similar at all.
Ah well. At least there aren’t any real glaring errors, and Chris puts in a good word for TEH DWARD, opining that money should be diverted from period dramas into comedy. I don’t think that’s really how things work, but I certainly agree with the sentiment that comedy in TV needs more of a commitment and a budget. The days when ITV could produce a show on Spitting Image’s scale seem to be long gone. Which reminds me; buy the DVD!