Absolute Power. Image shows from L to R: Martin McCabe (John Bird), Charles Prentiss (Stephen Fry). Copyright: BBC.

Absolute Power

BBC Two sitcom about a ruthless PR firm. 12 episodes (2 series), 2003 - 2005. Stars Stephen Fry, John Bird, James Lance, Zoe Telford and others.

Absolute Power - Series One

Absolute Power - Series One

Stephen Fry and John Bird star as spin doctors Charles Prentiss and Martin McCabe as they bring the popular and satirical Radio 4 comedy Absolute Power to DVD.

Machiavelli has nothing on these two. Charles Prentiss and Martin McCabe run a blue-chip London PR firm, heading up a team of ambitious young agents who work in the dark art of repackaging black as white. Whether defending a comedian caught beating up his girlfriend in the IKEA car park, or deflecting attention from a TV historian accused of faking his evidence, the company's mantra is that the public will swallow anything, just as long as it's made palatable. Exposing the inextricable collusion between press and PR, while holding a mirror up to our celebrity-obsessed times, this is a witty and satirical comedy about a world in which style triumphs over substance, tabloids are the new judge and jury, and where five minutes of fame is considered a long-term career.

First released: Monday 18th July 2005

  • Distributor: 2 Entertain
  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Subtitles: English
  • Catalogue: BBCDVD1731

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