The Secret Policeman's Third Ball

Film, Comedy
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Real music is provided by Joan Armatrading, Lou Reed, Mark Knopfler with Chet Atkins, and Peter Gabriel, whose Biko lament closes the film. There is also a tribute to Los Campañeros of El Salvador by Paul Brady, but otherwise - apart from a few swipes at Reagan and Thatcher courtesy of Spitting Image - politics are out. All the comedians are on top form: Fry & Laurie cocking up 'The Hedge Sketch' to perfection; Phil Cool impersonating the XR4i'd rep on the jammed M25; Lenny Henry as an ancient bluester; and Ben Elton on liberation sexuality (i.e. DIY). O'Neill's direction makes for more than just a run-of-the-mill variety bill.

By: MS

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Duration: 96 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Ken O'Neill
Screenwriter: Michael Frayn, Chris Langham, Jonathan Lynn, Johnny Speight
Cast: Joan Armatrading
John Cleese
Robbie Coltrane
Phil Cool
Duran Duran
Stephen Fry
Hugh Laurie
Ben Elton
Lenny Henry
Lou Reed
Ruby Wax
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