Monday, February 20, 2006

"What's that, Mr Tony Blair...?"

Hmm, what's more disturbing: the fact it's approaching a whole decade since Brass Eye was first broadcast, or that it's been almost as long since Chris Morris did anything even approaching those standards on television?

In the recent light of the depressing Nathan Barley and his patchy cameo in the (more miss than h)IT Crowd, perhaps those old claims anointing Morris as the true heir to Peter Cook were just that little premature and wide of the mark - or, at least, if such a label really, really must exist, might have been better diverted to his old On The Hour collaborator Armando Iannucci, whose The Thick Of It has been a politically-pungent yet also expertly funny delight...

Okay, maybe Morris has just got a little rusty, and he has after all has set fearsomely high standards already.

But still, for the moment it's more enlightening to see Armando now appearing to find a regular berth in The Observer, replacing the monotonous old grizzlings of (Cook's former Private Eye mucker) Richard Ingrams, with his same-old-same-old obsessions with gay people, the BBC and the Archbishop of Canterbury (sometimes at the same time, other times separately...)

On a feeling-very-jaded and lethargic day (partly stupid Spurs-related, it's true, along with other dullnesses...), Armando in today's Observer was at least briefly perk-uppering.

Especially the idea of classing smokers as terrorists, because they're 'very slow suicide bombers'...

2 comments:

Mike said...

I borrowed my brother's copy of Brass Eye a few months ago and was surprised at how relevant it still was, nearly 10 years later. I wonder if the paedophile episode has hindered Chris Morris in getting any new projects off the ground, especially if they're seen as risky by TV execs. Still, there's nothing to stop him, like his mate Armando, in putting his satire into print.

Aidan said...

Morris and Iannucci did a very controversial 9/11 pisstake supplement in the Observer a few years back - cue many Eye-esque cancelled subscriptions...
I'd just like to see Chris Morris write and front a few more programmes, rather than collaborating with, or cameo-ing for, lesser talents and projects...