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Private Eye is the UK's number one, best-selling news and current affairs magazine edited by Ian Hislop since 1986. The magazine has a fortnightly sale of over 224,000 copies and is read by in excess of 800,000 readers. Hislop has received the British Society of Magazine Editor's highest award, The Editor's Editor and in 2013 was voted 54th in the Guardian's top 100 most powerful media people. In addition to appearing on the BBC's Have I Got News for You since it started in the early nineties, Hislop has presented a long line of well-regarded documentaries. He also recently co-wrote with the Private Eye cartoonist Nick Newman The Wipers Times , a BBC2 drama set in the trenches in the First World War.
The Private Eye Annual 2019 presents the year's best cartoons, jokes, parodies and topical sketches from the UK's most successful satirical news and current affairs magazine. The Private Eye Annual remains a perennial Christmas bestseller, the perfect secret Santa gift for under a tenner!
The Private Eye Annual 2018 present's the year's best cartoons, jokes and spoofs from the UK's best selling satirical magazine. Illustrated in colour throughout with cartoons, sketches and photo-bubbles. The Private Eye Annual remains both a collector's item and a perennial Christmas bestseller - the perfect secret Santa gift, still under a tenner!
The 2014 Private Eye Annual presents the year's best cartoons, jokes and spoofs from the UK's most successful satirical magazine. Illustrated in colour throughout with cartoons, sketches and photo-bubbles. Now in its 18th year the Private Eye Annual has become both a collector's item and a perennial Christmas bestseller with sales in excess of 60,000 copies. The perfect secret Santa gift at under a tenner!
Following critical acclaim for The Wipers Times, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman have once again taken inspiration from real life events for their new play Trial by Laughter. William Hone, the forgotten hero of free speech, was a bookseller, publisher and satirist. In 1817, he stood trial for 'impious blasphemy and seditious libel'. The only crime he had committed was to be funny. Worse than that he was funny by parodying religious texts. And worst of all, he was funny about the despotic government and the libidinous monarchy. A Watermill Theatre production.
A visual history of dissent, told through objects that challenge authority, published to accompany an exhibition at the British Museum co-curated by the satirist Ian Hislop Challenging authority is an essential ingredient in the development of human civilization. Across millennia, it has acted as a driving force behind social and political change. It might even be regarded as a basic human impulse, the evidence for which exists in various forms, not least in a number of surprising physical objects. In this book and accompanying exhibition at the British Museum, Ian Hislop, the well-known satirist and editor of Private Eye, has gathered together some 180 objects that people have created, adapted and used to mock and attack the status quo in societies as varied as Egypt in the 11th century BC, 16th-century England and 20th-century Afghanistan. These articles - ranging from badges, posters, prints and ceramics to items that contain messages hidden from first view, such as a set of wooden doors from Nigeria, a lacquer box from Burma and teapots from China - frequently illuminate lost or forgotten moments in history, giving voice to those who have felt disenfranchised or had no other way to express their views safely. Fully illustrated with texts that set the objects in context, I object is a celebration of the wit and ingenuity of those who have questioned the status quo, showing that the human spirit of rebellion is indomitable.
Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford - only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson's monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson's career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself - along with his inner Lear! terrific comedy packed with killer comic dialogue... plenty of twists and turns ***** Whatsonstage Deliciously stuffed with Shakespeare...a laugh-a-minute **** Mail on Sunday
The true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme, interspersed with comic sketches and spoofs from the vivid imagination of those on the front line. In a bombed out building during the First World War in the French town of Ypres (mispronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. Far from being a sombre journal about life in the trenches, they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the front line.