30 Greatest Political Comedies

by tonymarshall-56902 | created - 22 Apr 2019 | updated - 22 Apr 2019 | Public

The list of programs as decided my the UK Parliemnt as their favourite political comedies

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1. Yes Minister (1980–1984)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

The Right Honorable James Hacker has landed the plum job of Cabinet Minister to the Department of Administration. At last he is in a position of power and can carry out some long-needed reforms, or so he thinks.

Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott

Votes: 12,311

2. Spitting Image (1984–1996)

25 min | Comedy

A satire show using puppets that are caricatures of major public figures.

Stars: Steve Nallon, Kate Robbins, Chris Barrie, Jon Glover

Votes: 2,017

3. Bremner, Bird and Fortune (1999– )

60 min | Comedy

A satirical British television programme produced by Vera Productions for Channel Four.

Stars: Rory Bremner, John Bird, John Fortune, Jamie Dispirito

Votes: 98

4. Have I Got News for You (1990– )

29 min | Comedy, Game-Show, News

Hilarious, totally-irreverent, near-slanderous political quiz show, based mainly on news stories from the last week or so, that leaves no party, personality or action unscathed in pursuit ... See full summary »

Stars: Ian Hislop, Paul Merton, Angus Deayton, Alexander Armstrong

Votes: 4,374

5. Drop the Dead Donkey (1990–1998)

Comedy

Political satire about television news company Globe Link and its team of workers such as anchors Henry and Sally, reporter Damien, editor Dave, execs George and Helen, assistant Joy and manager Gus Hedges.

Stars: Neil Pearson, Jeff Rawle, David Swift, Stephen Tompkinson

Votes: 1,223

6. Little Britain (2003–2006)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

Matt Lucas and David Walliams, the creators of this character-comedy sketch show, delight in all that is mad, bad, quirky and generally bonkers about the people and places of Britain.

Stars: Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Tom Baker, Paul Putner

Votes: 21,596

7. That Was the Week That Was (1964–1985)

30 min | Comedy

An Americanized version of the famous hit British TV show, retaining David Frost from the British cast.

Stars: David Frost, Phyllis Newman, Nancy Ames, Pat Englund

Votes: 91

8. The New Statesman (1987–1994)

70 min | Comedy

The ultra right-wing Alan B'Stard, the most selfish, greedy, dishonest, sadistic and sociopathic Conservative MP of them all, plots to achieve his meglomaniacal ambitions.

Stars: Rik Mayall, Michael Troughton, Marsha Fitzalan, Terence Alexander

Votes: 2,188

9. Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979–1982)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy

British sketch comedy starring the likes of Rowan Atkinson and Mel Smith.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Pamela Stephenson, Griff Rhys Jones

Votes: 2,166

10. Dead Ringers (2002–2007)

30 min | Comedy

Celebrities and politicians are lampooned by a talented team of impressionists in this comedy sketch show.

Stars: Jon Culshaw, Kevin Connelly, Phil Cornwell, Mark Perry

Votes: 367

11. Da Ali G Show (2000–2004)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen appears as Ali G, a rapper-wannabe from Staines. Ali G has his own TV show, where he interviews people on serious subjects. They're not aware that Ali G is just a... See full summary »

Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Steve Ellington, T.N.T. Crew

Votes: 15,929

12. The Comic Strip Presents... (1982– )

Comedy

A series of self contained television movies starring performers from London's "Comic Strip" comedy club and their friends. Noted for a high sense of parody of previous movies, literature, and generally everyone in sight.

Stars: Peter Richardson, Adrian Edmondson, Jennifer Saunders, Nigel Planer

Votes: 1,201

13. Absolute Power (2003–2005)

29 min | Comedy

The inner workings of a successful PR firm - lying for a living.

Stars: Stephen Fry, John Bird, James Lance, Zoe Telford

Votes: 902

15. The Thick of It (2005–2012)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

Set in the corridors of power and spin, the Minister for Social Affairs is continually harassed by Number 10's policy enforcer and dependent on his not-so-reliable team of civil servants.

Stars: Chris Addison, James Smith, Peter Capaldi, Joanna Scanlan

Votes: 20,021

16. Brass Eye (1997–2001)

TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy

Controversal spoof of current affairs television, and the role of celebrity in the UK.

Stars: Christopher Morris, Mark Heap, Kevin Eldon, Doon Mackichan

Votes: 9,451

17. Till Death Us Do Part (1965–1975)

TV-PG | 40 min | Comedy

A working-class Cockney bigot with a biased and experienced opinion of everything shares them bluntly and carelessly.

Stars: Warren Mitchell, Anthony Booth, Una Stubbs, Dandy Nichols

Votes: 808

18. Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–1974)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.

Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Votes: 66,223

19. Harry Enfield and Chums (1994–1999)

40 min | Comedy

BBC sketch show that while continuing to show the misadventures of a series of popular characters now also introduces a slew of new oddballs and misfits for us to enjoy including Tory Boy and The Lovely Wobbly Randy Old Ladies.

Stars: Harry Enfield, Kathy Burke, Paul Whitehouse, Louisa Rix

Votes: 2,606

20. The Daily Show (1996– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

A comedy news show featuring humorous takes on top stories.

Stars: Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver

Votes: 44,496

21. Alexei Sayle's Stuff (1988–1991)

30 min | Comedy

Comedy sketch show which ran on BBC2 for a total of 18 episodes over 3 series from 1988 to 1991.

Stars: Alexei Sayle, Tony Millan, Angus Deayton, Owen Brenman

Votes: 122

23. A Very Social Secretary (2005 TV Movie)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

A satirical look at Home Secretary David Blunkett and his affair with publisher Kimberly Quinn

Director: Jon Jones | Stars: Bernard Hill, Gillian Goodman, Ellie Haddington, Archie Panjabi

Votes: 121

24. Jeffrey Archer: The Truth (2002 TV Movie)

90 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

A satirical look at the fascinating 'secret' TRUE life of disgraced 1980's Tory politician turned bestselling author Jeffrey Archer. The Truth, the whole truth and everything BUT the truth.

Director: Guy Jenkin | Stars: Damian Lewis, Greta Scacchi, Polly Walker, Ben Miller

Votes: 113

26. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: Crossing the Floor (1996)

70 min | Drama

Political satire closely mirroring real-life British politics of the time - a self-serving Conservative minister "crosses the floor" to join the opposition Labour Party, at a time when the ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Jenkin | Stars: Tom Wilkinson, Neil Pearson, Clive Russell, James Fleet

Votes: 64

27. TV Nation (1994–1995)

60 min | Documentary, Comedy, News

Michael Moore presents a humorous news-magazine that focuses primarily on wrongdoing by big business, privileged society and right-wing politicians.

Stars: Michael Moore, Bruce Brown, Louis Theroux, Karen Duffy

Votes: 552

28. Norman Ormal: A Very Political Turtle (1998 TV Movie)

50 min | Comedy

A guide to Norman Ormal: A Very Political Turtle, the 1998 BBC One TV sketch show. The comic life and times of an unlikely politician, starring the many faces of Harry Enfield.

Director: Metin Hüseyin | Stars: Harry Enfield, Harriet Walter, Alice Wilson, Jimmy Gardner

Votes: 28

29. The Day Today (1994– )

30 min | Comedy

A spoof of the British style of news broadcasting - including ridiculous stories, patronising vox pops, offensively hard-hitting research and a sports presenter clearly struggling for metaphors.

Stars: Christopher Morris, Steve Coogan, Patrick Marber, Rebecca Front

Votes: 4,709



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