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The Comic Nation: Little Britain and the Politics of Representation

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Abstract

The first decade of the new millennium saw an impressive presence of comedy series on British television: Human Remains (BBC1, 2000), Big Train (BBC2, 1998–2002), The League of Gentlemen (BBC2 1999–2002), The Office (BBC2/BBC1 2001–2003), Nighty Night (BBC3/BBC2 2004–2005), The Catherine Tate Show (BBC2 2004–2007), Respectable (Channel 5 2006), Gavin & Stacey (BBC3/BBC1 2007–2010) or Miranda (BBC2/BBC1 2009–2015) all pushed British TV sitcom and sketch comedy firmly into the twenty-first century. However, the show that has reached the widest audience and that has led sketch comedy to seemingly unprecedented heights of popularity is Little Britain (Hall 17).

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Prime Minister Sexual Object Daily Mail British Culture Xenophobic Attitude 
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