The Comic Strip Presents Redtop (2016)

"The Sweeney" meets "Boogie Nights" as fact and fiction collide in this satirical take on the phone hacking scandal that brought down one of Britain's biggest tabloid newspapers.


Peter Richardson


Credited cast:
James Buckley ... Blitzy
Lilly Burton Lilly Burton ... Fan (as Lily Burton)
Robert Carwithen Robert Carwithen ... Phone Tapper
Willow De La Roche Willow De La Roche ... News Reporter
Aaron Deakins Aaron Deakins ... Business Man
Chris Devlin Chris Devlin ... Lorry Driver
John Dollins John Dollins ... Telephone Engineer
Jon Ian Dredge Jon Ian Dredge ... Sun Newspaper Worker
Jonathan Dredge Jonathan Dredge ... Sun Newspaper worker
Harry Enfield ... Ross Kemp
Kevin Feaviour Kevin Feaviour ... Floor Manager
Ben Gilbert Ben Gilbert ... Terry
Neil Gold Neil Gold ... Mamood
André Jacquemin André Jacquemin ... Voice of photographer
Jamie Lisa Jacquemin Jamie Lisa Jacquemin ... Radio News Presenter
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Flame-haired Rebekah Brooks hitch-hikes from Warrington to London where media tycoon Rupert Murdoch immediately makes her CEO of tabloid paper The Sun, edited by Andy Coulson - affording her absolute power. As such there are no depths to which she will not sink to publish scurrilous exposes of the famous, whilst at the same time politician David Cameron crawls to Murdoch and his ferocious wife Wendi to be made prime minister. When Buckingham Palace complains about phone tapping Coulson finds a scapegoat - to the outrage of Guardian editor Alan Rusberger. Key muck-raker is the shabby Johnny Bristol but after Coulson goes too far, causing a suicide, he turns whistle blower on the Sun's phone tapping exploits. The red top is now under threat but , hey, this is the 70s after all (yes!) and whoever else she sacrifices, be it Rusberger, Coulson or actor husband Ross Kemp, Rebekah knows that she Will Survive. Written by don @ minifie-1

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This episode is dedicated to Comic Strip regular Rik Mayall who passed away in 2014, and also stars his son, Sidney, as Cotton. See more »


Featured in How The Young Ones Changed Comedy (2018) See more »

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