THE EEC, eh? What a bunch of paperclip-filing, expense-filling winos. So said MALCOLM BRADBURY in this of-the-moment glossy gallivant around the plazas and piazzas of Brussels where talk of Ecus and ERMs flowed as freely as money-stuffed paper bags and bungs, and who were we to know any better? Dapper satire at its best, with CHRISTOPH WALTZ as Hans-Joachim Dorfmann who arrives at the made-up Directorate of Information and Culture full of Hacker-esque naive idealism only to find IAN RICHARDSON-orchestrated chicanery at full pelt involving shady ladies, kickbacks and the European plum mountain. Subsidised-halcyon days indeed. JUDY PARFITT was Ian’s wife, ALEXEI SAYLE played himself (i.e. a shifty East European oik spouting bollocks). Sequel set in fictional newly-liberated Eastern state of Slaka with all principal protagonists still up to no good.
Creamguide's Pick of the Day
The People’s Songs
Wednesday, 22.00, BBC Radio 2
This series certainly isn’t just aiming for the standard Radio 2 demographic as it’s been true to its word of covering the entire sphere of post-war British pop, and we mark the halfway point with another more recent tune in Cigarettes And Alcohol. The reason it’s here is because it became the unofficial anthem of the new lad, a movement that seemed quite exciting at the time. Remarkably Loaded is still going, even though we haven’t got a clue who reads it, but it’s probably still more relevant than the world’s worst magazine, the truly appalling GQ.
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