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The Secret Policeman's Third Ball

  • Film

Time Out says

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.
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Release Details

  • 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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