The Brits Score Again in Political Satire

The British television series Yes, Minister remains for me the ultimate in political satire, but on a long airplane ride I recently discovered something almost in the same class: Veep (a late discovery I know, but if you don’t own a television, airplanes are your chance to catch up on small-screen developments).

A small bit of digging revealed that the show has British origins, being a descendant of In the Loop which descended from The Thick of It which descended from Yes, Minister.

We’ve had some magnificent political satirists in the U.S., but I must say for a smaller country, the Brits sure punch above their weight in the droll mockery of politicians department.


  1. Kurzleg says

    “In the Loop” is a very entertaining take on a pretty dark chapter in US-British foreign policy. Though it’s complete fiction, I think it’s accurate in terms of the types of personalities involved and the ultimate fecklessness and careerism that undermines the dissent.

  2. agorabum says

    Veep has picked up steam; it does a good job showing that no one really knows everything that is going on, and the human friction that results. Also, some top notch swearing…

  3. Andrew Sabl says

    Keith, thanks so much for the link showing me that *In the Loop* is now available streaming (through Hulu as well as whatever the Amazon service is called). Years ago I saw a couple of episodes of show in New Zealand and it rendered me absolutely helpless, writhing with laughter–but until recently one had to buy DVDs in PAL format in order to watch it.

  4. Andrew says

    Not owning a television isn’t an excuse; these days you can watch “television” on nearly any device that has a screen (thankfully not your car, yet). And Veep is indeed excellent.