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‘The Day the PM Joined The Thick of It’: The Mockumentary and New Labour

  • Richard Wallace
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Comedy book series (PSCOM)

Abstract

This chapter begins the book’s examination of the political mockumentary. The focus of the chapter is Tony Blair’s New Labour government, and the television mockumentaries The Thick of It and Alison Jackson’s Blaired Vision are analysed to demonstrate the evolution of the mockumentary form in a media environment dominated by 24-hour rolling news. Both programmes, it is argued, have an intense engagement with New Labour’s propensity for spin-doctoring and a mockumentary framework is used to take us ‘behind closed doors’ of the processes of government. The chapter also examines the impact of The Thick of It on our understanding of contemporary politics, noting in particular the way it is frequently used as a means through which media commentators make sense of unusual political events.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Wallace
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  1. 1.University of WarwickCoventryUK

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