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Rude Britannia (2010– )

TV Series | 60 min | Documentary

A history of how the depiction of the vulgar has been a vital part of English satire,starting with the artwork of Hogarth in the eighteenth century and Gay's 'Beggar's Opera',the first home-grown play to lampoon politicians - which leads ...See moreA history of how the depiction of the vulgar has been a vital part of English satire,starting with the artwork of Hogarth in the eighteenth century and Gay's 'Beggar's Opera',the first home-grown play to lampoon politicians - which leads to stage censorship. Leading literary satirists Swift and Pope and Laurence Sterne,author of near-the-knuckle novel 'Tristram Shandy' are followed by political cartoonists Rowlandson, Gillray and Cruikshank,whose often grotesque drawings of the Stuart monarchy are no holds barred whilst poet Byron mocks political villainry in his poems. In Victoria's reign music-hall artists,such as the censor-baiting Marie Lloyd,take up the flag of vulgarity,along with comic creations like the goatish drunk Ally Sloper. The new art of photography leads to under-the-counter postcards of nude women and,thanks to the popularity of the seaside holiday,What the Butler Saw machines and saucy postcards, the master of which is Donald McGill,who,as late as the 1950s,is accused of obscenity,as is his contemporary, music-hall comic Frank Randle. The political cartoonists' tradition is upheld throughout the twentieth century by the likes of Gerald Scarfe and Steve Bell whilst stage censorship is relaxed to allow the often disturbing comedy plays of Joe Orton,one of whose regular actors,Kenneth Williams is a mainstay of the Kenneth Horne BBC radio shows,milestones of innuendo.The BBC becomes known for satirical fare such as TW3 and the sitcoms featuring bigot Alf Garnett though in the 1980s the commercial channel ITV scores a huge hit with 'Spitting Image' in which the great and the good are lampooned in puppet form. Alternative comedy is born,along with the deliberately politically incorrect adult comic 'Viz' and political incorrectness hits back at the Blair government's nannying state with the likes of the blue comedy of Chubby Brown and the gross-out TV sketches of 'Little Britain'. For a change the liberal left are now the critics of 'Rude Britannia',rather than its purveyors Written by don @ minifie-1 See less
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7.1 / 10 | 12 votes