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The Secret Policeman's Third Ball

  • Comedy
  • Documentary and factual
  • 1987
  • Kevin O'Neill
  • 86 mins
  • 18

Summary

A recording of the third charity event held in aid of Amnesty International, performed in 1987 at the London Palladium. The show features comedy from John Cleese, Ben Elton, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, Lenny Henry and Emo Phillips, as well as music from Kate Bush, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Duran Duran and Mark Knopfler.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

The fourth charity bash - before the three Balls there was Pleasure at Her Majesty's - performed over four evenings at the London Palladium in March 1987. Regulars like Alan Bennett, Rowan Atkinson and Billy Connolly are notable absentees, though John Cleese strides on to receive an award from Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. Lenny Henry plays a clapped-out blues singer, Ben Elton outstays his welcome and there are songs by the likes of Bob Geldof, Duran Duran and Peter Gabriel. Ruby Wax sends herself up and Spitting Image contributes a scabrous dialogue between Larry Olivier and Johnny Gielgud. Blessings, as they say, are mixed.

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Credits

Cast

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Lenny HenryLenny Henry
John Cleese John Cleese
Ben Elton Ben Elton
Dawn French Dawn French
Jennifer SaundersJennifer Saunders
Stephen FryStephen Fry
Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie
Mel SmithMel Smith
Griff Rhys JonesGriff Rhys Jones

Crew

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DirectorKevin O'Neill

Details

Theatrical distributor
Virgin Films Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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