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The Trial of Tony Blair (2007)

In 2010, the International Criminal Court puts Tony Blair on trial for war crimes.

Director:

Simon Cellan Jones

Writer:

Alistair Beaton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Lindsay ... Tony Blair
Robert Bowman Robert Bowman ... Priest
Adrian Scarborough ... Simon
Claire Skinner ... Nicky
Danielle Ryan ... Assistant
Ronke Phillips Ronke Phillips ... Newsreader
Phoebe Nicholls ... Cherie Blair
Dickon Tyrrell Dickon Tyrrell ... First Removal Man
Nick Bartlett ... Third Removal Man
Graham Turner Graham Turner ... Brian Haw
Kyl Messios Kyl Messios ... Taxi Driver 1
Peter Mullan ... Gordon Brown
Mark Bonnar ... Tommy
Alexander Armstrong ... David Cameron
Sophie Winkleman ... Fiona
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Storyline

In 2010, the International Criminal Court puts Tony Blair on trial for war crimes.

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A new comedy drama. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Official Sites:

Channel 4

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tony Blair-ügy See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

Company Credits

Production Co:

Daybreak Pictures See more »
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Color:

Color | Color (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in 2010. See more »

Quotes

[Tony is meeting the publisher of his memoirs who is very critical of the book and recommends a lot of changes to it.]
Publisher: I think the chapters on the Iraq War could be trimmed - the book would benefit and sales would benefit.
Tony Blair: You will not cut a word of those chapters. I did not take this country to war in order to be popular.
Publisher: [drily] Well you certainly succeeded there.
Tony Blair: [pauses for thought] I took this country to war because it was the right thing to do. It was the right thing for Britain and one day ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The opening titles are in the form of graffiti scribbled in biro on painted brick walls, possibly those of a prison cell. See more »

Connections

Featured in This Week: Episode dated 18 January 2007 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Mirror in the Bathroom
Performed by The Beat
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Michael Sheen doesn't have the monopoly on Tony Blair
22 January 2007 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

As if to prove that Michael Sheen doesn't have a monopoly over the role of Tony Blair, Robert Lindsay gives a magnificently comic performance in this very funny satire set three years in the future when Tony finally decides to stand down. Hilary Clinton is in the White House, George Bush is in rehab, ('he was found comatose on his ranch'. 'I'm surprised anyone noticed'), and the far from charismatic Gordon Brown scrapes through the General Election with a majority of two. It is then that Gordon bows to international pressure and allows Tony to be extradited to the Hague to stand trial for war crimes. Turning on the news immediately after watching this and hearing that one of the serving Prime Minister's closest advisors had been arrested in the 'cash for honours' inquiry only shows how prescient Simon Cellan-Jones' satire really is and how hard it may be to separate fact from fiction.

Alastair Beaton's script is a joy. It's clever, pertinent and side-splittingly funny but it is Lindsay's barn-storming, grand-standing performance as the deluded Blair that lifts this into a class of it's own. He is supported by a wonderfully straight-faced Phoebe Nicholls as Cherie, who chooses to distance herself from her liability of a husband and by Peter Mullan's blank and insipid Gordon Brown. Already a contender for best single programme of the year.


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