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Gold and Channel 4 comedy drama. 41 episodes (pilot + 5 series), 1982 - 2016. Stars Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer, Peter Richardson, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Robbie Coltrane and others.

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.

Full synopsis

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


  1. Thursday 29th December 2011 at 11:10pm on C4
  2. Saturday 6th September 2014 at 11:00pm on Gold
  3. Sunday 7th September 2014 at 2:50am on Gold
  4. Friday 19th June 2015 at 11:40pm on Gold
  5. Saturday 20th June 2015 at 2:30am on Gold
  6. Sunday 20th December 2015 at 12:10am on Gold
  7. Wednesday 20th January 2016 at 12:00am on Gold
  8. Wednesday 20th January 2016 at 2:50am on Gold
  9. Thursday 28th April 2016 at 1:30am on Gold
  10. Thursday 19th May 2016 at 1:00am on Gold
  11. Thursday 26th May 2016 at 1:35am on Gold
  12. Wednesday 1st June 2016 at 2:05am on Gold
  13. Wednesday 8th June 2016 at 2:40am on 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
Peter Richens Writer
Production team
Peter Richardson Director
Nick Smith Producer
Michael Wood Executive Producer
Nick Smith Editor
Brian Burrows Composer


The Hunt For Tony Blair - Trailer

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

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

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