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The Comic Strip Presents...

The Comic Strip Presents...

  • TV comedy drama
  • Channel 4 / BBC Two / Gold
  • 1982 - 2016
  • 41 episodes (5 series)

Periodic series of satires and spoofs that helped bring alternative comedy to the mainstream and forge a comedy reputation for then-new Channel 4. Stars Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer, Peter Richardson, Jennifer Saunders and more.

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The Hunt For Tony Blair

The Comic Strip team return for a special 50s-style 'fugitive' film noir spoof. Prime Minister Tony Blair is wanted for murder and is on the run.

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Further details

The Comic Strip Presents.... Image shows from L to R: Alastair Campbell (Harry Enfield), Margaret Thatcher (Jennifer Saunders), Tony Blair (Stephen Mangan), Inspector Hutton (Robbie Coltrane). Copyright: Comic Strip Productions

Escaping from Number 10 and leaving behind his adoring wife Cherie, Prime Minister Tony Blair vows to clear his name no matter what the consequences.

But on a foggy London night, Tony has few friends willing to harbour a wanted man. With front pages demanding his capture, Blair has no choice but to go on the run, with Inspector Hutton and his sidekick hot on his trail. The chase unfolds thanks to evidence gleaned from his 'allies' Mandelson and Brown, as well as an unlikely encounter with Margaret Thatcher.

Surely Tony's an innocent man, pursued for a crime he didn't commit?

Broadcast details

Friday 14th October 2011
Channel 4
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 29th December 2011 11:10pm C4
Saturday 6th September 2014 11:00pm Gold
Sunday 7th September 2014 2:50am Gold
Friday 19th June 2015 11:40pm Gold
Saturday 20th June 2015 2:30am Gold
Sunday 20th December 2015 12:10am Gold
Wednesday 20th January 2016 12:00am Gold
Wednesday 20th January 2016 2:50am Gold
Thursday 28th April 2016 1:30am Gold
Thursday 19th May 2016 1:00am Gold
Thursday 26th May 2016 1:35am Gold
Wednesday 1st June 2016 2:05am Gold
Wednesday 8th June 2016 2:40am Gold

Cast & crew

Guest cast
Stephen Mangan Tony Blair
Catherine Shepherd Cherie Blair
Robbie Coltrane Inspector Hutton
Nigel Planer Peter Mandelson
Jennifer Saunders Margaret Thatcher
Harry Enfield Alastair Campbell
Ross Noble Socialist (The Old Labour Tramp)
James Buckley Sergeant
Rik Mayall Professor Predictor
John Sessions Norman Tebbit (Thatcher's Butler)
Ford Kiernan Gordon Brown
Morgana Robinson Carole Caplin
Ronni Ancona Barbara Windsor
Tony Curran Robin Cook
Tom Davis Burly Man
Steven O'Donnell (as Steve O'Donnell) Donny Rumsfeld
Peter Richardson George Bush
Tom Bennett Gordon's Driver
Gary Beadle Butler
James Gibbs Blair's Son
Isabel Forrester Blair's Daughter
Kevin Feaviour Policeman
Craig Springer Policeman
Dave Hackford Policeman
Bevis Taylor Policeman
Harry Long Policeman
Tony Anderson Policeman
Josephine Larsen Miss Hendrick
Christine Brooker Thatre Goer
Kate Ryder Thatre Goer
Camille Flaherty Thatre Goer
David Griffiths Thatre Goer
Nigel Way Thatre Goer
Tom Kendrick Thatre Goer
John Eden Thatre Goer
Rob Ireland Blair's Assistant
Jess Plummer Blair's Assistant
Jonathan Brook Blair's Assistant
David Rees News Vendor
Mike Sanchez Ticket Inspector
Sam Morgan John Smith
Jeff Sleeman John Scarlett
Writing team
Peter Richardson Writer
Pete Richens (as Peter Richens) Writer
Production team
Peter Richardson Director
Nick Smith Producer
Michael Wood Executive Producer
Nick Smith Editor
Brian Burrows Composer
Gary Beadle Pianist


The Hunt For Tony Blair - Trailer

The trailer for "The Hunt for Tony Blair" a film noir spoof about the former Prime Minister.

Featuring: Robbie Coltrane (Inspector Hutton), Harry Enfield (Alastair Campbell), Stephen Mangan (Tony Blair), Ross Noble (Socialist), Nigel Planer (Peter Mandelson) & Jennifer Saunders (Margaret Thatcher).

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