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A Very Social Secretary (2005)

A satirical look at Home Secretary David Blunkett and his affair with publisher Kimberly Quinn

Director:

Jon Jones

Writer:

Alistair Beaton (as Alastair Beaton)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard Hill ... David Blunkett
Gillian Goodman Gillian Goodman ... Fat Woman
Ellie Haddington Ellie Haddington ... Pat
Archie Panjabi ... Ashley
Peter Sullivan ... Gould
Leo Bill ... Flemming
Robert Lindsay ... Tony Blair
Doon Mackichan ... Cherie Blair
Sara Stewart ... Carole Caplin
Tobias Menzies ... Keith
Alex Jennings ... Alastair Campbell
Stuart McQuarrie ... Boris Johnson
Victoria Hamilton ... Kimberly Fortier
Guy Williams Guy Williams ... Old Etonian
Laura Cornelius Laura Cornelius ... Waitress
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A satirical look at Home Secretary David Blunkett and his affair with publisher Kimberly Quinn

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2005 (UK) See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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Mentorn Television See more »
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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Premiered as the centrepiece of the opening night of the new UK television channel "More4". See more »

Quotes

[the tabloid newspapers are full of a story about Tony and Cherie Blair being involved in a "Mayan Rebirthing" while on a recent holiday to Mexico]
David Blunkett: What exactly *is* a Mayan Rebirthing?
Tony Blair: [embarrassed] It was Cherie's idea. You take off all your clothes and smear each other with fruit and mud.
David Blunkett: Bloody hell! It'll never catch on in Sheffield.
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Referenced in Have I Got News for You: Episode #30.1 (2005) See more »

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Hardly intelligent, responsible or clever but a broadly amusing kicking for the Labour government
23 October 2005 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

If you believe what you read, this film is based on reality. David Blunkett was the Home Secretary, responsible for bringing in a regime of terrorist legislation that would even make a right wing conservative blush. When he started having an affair nobody was that concerned because that is what politicians do. However when he gets the woman pregnant things start to go wrong – his judgement gets impaired and soon he finds himself increasingly compromised politically.

Although it is very clear that massive amounts of this have been fictionalised, the basic truths are funny enough because it does seem that Blunkett got himself stuck in some sort of honey trap and being manipulated by journalist Kimberly Quinn. This film takes these events and creates a sad little man who falls in love with someone who doesn't love him and finds himself emotionally out of control. This is amusing in itself although the words "fair" and "balance" don't really figure at all. The film uses this entry point to mock the entire Blair government; showing Blunkett blindly (sorry) signing detention orders, Campbell and Blair presiding over fear tactics and lots of discussion of Iraq and such. The film will be like gold to those that dislike the current Labour government (an increasing number if you believe what you read) but also generally amusing because, no matter your politics, the Blunkett affair is a really messy and worrying affair.

The cast take to the broad caricatures well. Hill is a very good Blunkett, getting the mannerisms down well while also making a convincing little man. Lindsay's Blair is a bit more of an impression but mainly because he has less time. Mackichan, McQuarrie and Jennings are all amusing but again they are mostly cruel impressions. Hamilton is good, not sure how true to life she is but she is a good presence.

Overall this is quite a simple and cruel film that lacks the wit, intelligence and insight of good political satire but it is an amusing good kicking. Full of easy targets and delivered with lots of broad strokes, it is hardly very responsible but it is quite fun. Perhaps not enough to justify more than one viewing but it is OK.


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