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  1. Blair 'war crimes' drama produced by John Reid's stepson
    Robert Lindsay as Tony Blair: The new brutal satire presents a post Downing Street Blair in 2010
    Showbiz headlines

    A new TV drama which portrays Tony Blair as a deluded neurotic put on trial for war crimes was produced by Home Secretary John Reid's stepson.

    The Trial of Tony Blair which mocks the Prime Minister as a tragically comic figure who is overwhelmingly obsessed with his own legacy, involved the son of Reid's second wife Brazilian filmmaker Carine Adler, Hal Vogel, 35.



    The controversial Channel 4 programme is likely to prove deeply embarrassing for Reid, who has been one of Blair's most loyal allies, because it is one of the most savage and disparaging attacks on the current Prime Minister ever seen on TV.

    Vogel has already put the boot into the Blair government once before when he was behind A Very Social Secretary, a programme which lampooned former home secretary David Blunkett's relationship with Kimberly Quinn.

    Blunkett was so incensed by the programme at the time that he threatened legal action against Channel 4, when it aired at the end of 2005.

    Vogel is also working on a third programme called Prezza which will make fun of Deputy Prime MinisterJohn Prescott's affair with his secretary Tracy Temple.

    The new brutal satire presents a post Downing Street Blair in 2010, played by Robert Lindsay, plagued by nightmares over the war in Iraq and stricken by fears that he will be killed by a suicide bomber.

    The programme shows him converting to Catholicism and regularly visiting the confessional booth in a desperate bid to seek forgiveness for his sins.

    It also depicts Blair openly trying to damage Gordon Brown and regularly cursing. In the programme all Blair's old showbiz pals including Kevin Spacey, Bono and Bill Gates have stopped returning his calls.

    He is left sitting at a desk in a big empty office dreaming up plans for his own "Blair Library" and trying to get a book deal off the ground.

    One scene in the programme, which airs on More4 on Monday, shows Blair being temporarily held in a police cell after being swabbed for DNA and finger-printed before he is extradited to the Hague.

    He is told to surrender his passport and report daily to a police station and is also shown appearing in a magistrate's court before he is forced to face trial.

    Vogel, from Notting Hill, denied that the programme had caused any family tension with his step-dad. He said: "It is not uncomfortable at all. We don't discuss it at all. He does what he does and I do what I do.

    "I obviously stand by the film and I'm very proud of it and it asks some questions in what I hope is an entertaining and comic way. That's the purpose of the film it is an entertaining comedy."

    One TV insider said: "When is he going to make a programme about John Reid? I expect he would be untouchable."

    Actor Lindsay, who also appeared as the Prime Minister in the drama A Very Social Secretary, has admitted that he took the role because he was driven by anger over the Iraq war.

    He said: "I was seriously angry with him for making the decision to go to war. I still think it's an illegal war and has been a huge mistake and it's not going to get any better. That's why I did the film.

    "Iraq is going to be his legacy and he is not going to escape it."

    Some of the most painful scenes in the programme are those between Brown and Blair. This includes Blair's attempts to sabotage Brown's chances of winning a general election by leaking an email Brown sent as chancellor saying taxes would have to be raised. This leads to Brown winning the election by only two seats.

    But in the programme Brown exacts his revenge by allowing Blair to be sent to the Hague.

    Washington also deserts Blair in his hour of need allowing the trial to go ahead.

    The drama has George Bush in rehab after being discovered comatose at his ranch and Hilary Clinton is now US president.

    It also shows Blair rushed to hospital with another heart scare.

    In the drama Tony and Cherie have moved to Connaught Square in London, which Cherie calls "Little Beirut", adding: "Not a great place to live when your husband is hated by 250 million Arabs."

    Tory leader David Cameron is also ridiculed in the film for trying to attract the vegetarian and Muslim vote.

    • The Trial of Tony Blair is on More4 on Mon Jan 15 and C4 on Thurs Jan 18
     
  2. Saw a clip for it earlier. It does look like a good programme.
     
  3. I bet it's made by Taliban supporting, former student Trotskyists who think British Service Personnel are baby killers and are pissed off at TB because he isn't a 'real' socialist.

    Dislike of Tony Blair makes for strange bedfellows.
     
  4. Agreed, won't be giving crap like this a second of my valuable time.