Monday, 20 May 2013

"The Revolution Will Be Televised" vs "The Chaser"

I was watching the TV BAFTA's last week and saw an award given to "The Revolution Will Be Televised". I then caught up with the show (Episode 1 of 6). This is prankster TV par excellence. In a word, smart TV.
Heydon Prowse and Jolyon Rubinstein are the daredevils with microphones but with rapier sharp political and social commentary. This is hilarious stuff as well as having a powerful message.
My wife and I looked at each other and said, "The Chaser" (the Australian satire equivalent). Also a bit of the ambush style of Norman Gunston (Garry MacDonald) from the mid 1970's. Never could get into Ali G and Sacha Baron Cohen's antics.
The set up outside MI 6 was priceless. As was the Saint Tony Blair try on, the London Olympics tee-shirts and the clamping of embassy cars. There was not a flat spot in the first episode - everything worked - unlike some of The Chaser's material.
Prowse and Rubinstein are terrific, hope they have a big future.

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