The Queen At 80 - For Crown And Comedy

Writer and observer Miles Kington examines the minds and the material of those who have made jokes at the Queen's expense over the years.
Why is it that cartoonists, comedians and satirists have found such a rich vein in royal ribaldry - and what does our willingness to be amused by the Queen tell us about ourselves and how Britain may be changing?
Miles explores how things changed after the Profumo scandal, and programmes such as That Was the Week that Was and Till Death Us Do Part dipped their funny little toes in first and tentatively made mild jokes about the Queen. Later, Week Ending, Spitting Image and Dead Ringers got much bolder.

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