Video: Britain's got satirists

Wednesday, November 23 2011

First there was Britain's Got People, now it's the turn of the Real George Osborne to bring the topical comedy ruckus, via a series of short videos

Rufus Jones in the Real George Osborne

Fans of satirical comics – and those who bemoan the relative lack of satirical comics – check out the Real George Osborne.

I know I know, one seems enough. Well this one is a 14-part video series starring Rufus Jones (Holy Flying Circus) as Osborne, as he prepares to make a bid for prime minister. Will Smith (The Thick of It) also makes a guest appearance.

The series is part of an online action by the World Development Movement to press the real George Osborne (as in, the real George Osborne, keep up,) into supporting regulation of food speculation. The WDM says that excessive speculation on food by financial institutions pushes up food prices, contributing to food shortages for millions across the world, and adding £260 to the average UK household's food bill.

Rufus Jones is an actor and comic who, on the circuit, has put in some brilliant performances as a character comedian, including being one half of father-and-son double act No Son Of Mine, alongside Alex Kirk. Here's a review of their 2010 Edinburgh show. Most recently he starred as Terry Jones in BBC4's Monty Python drama Holy Flying Circus.

The Real George Osborne vids will appear at and on its YouTube channel every Tuesday and Thursday; the first episode is at the bottom of this article.

TRGG follows the success of last week's Britain's Got People – a series of five satirical shorts conceived by Have I Got News For You and Horrible Histories writer Dave Cohen, and starring Mark Thomas and Marcus Brigstocke.

BGP appears to be a toe dipped into the water for a more substantial series, as Cohen told the Huffington Post: "Everybody keeps saying it will never be possible to have a daily topical show in the UK. I am about to prove them absolutely wrong. Or right." Fingers crossed for a return of BGP as they were really rather good. Here's a link to the first episode.

And as promised, here is the first outing for the Real George Osborne, in which Osborne decides that taking up urban dance is a vote winner ...


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