LONDON – The BBC have confirmed that Hugh Laurie will play Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, in Graham Linehan’s upcoming two-part series ‘The Secret Life of Jeremy Corbyn’.
“It’s a comedy, essentially, but a respectful comedy,” said Linehan:
It’s based on Jeremy’s life and political career but I’ve exaggerated certain facts and characters in order to get the laughs. For example, one scene features Jeremy boxing a Kangaroo – this never happened – nor did he win the 1978 UK Disco championship but I’ve created a kind of parallel universe where anything goes.
Meanwhile, Hugh Laurie has been preparing hard for the role:
“I must say, this experience has changed me,” said Laurie.
I’m a Labour supporter and I have a fairly good knowledge of politics, but I didn’t know Mr Corbyn had boxed a Kangaroo or won the 1978 UK Disco championship. The man has led such an amazing life! He invented the cheese toastie, he was the first Englishman to climb Ben Nevis backwards and it has been scientifically proven that his tears have astonishing healing properties.
Joining Laurie in series will be Rowan Atkinson as Tony Blair, Jennifer Saunders as Margaret Thatcher, Ade Edmonson as Genghis Khan and Laurie’s former comedy partner Stephen Fry as Ming the Merciless.
“It’s a fabulous cast and I feel very lucky to be working with such talented actors,” said Linehan.
Also, and I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but Johnny Depp will be making a cameo appearance as Che Guevara.
The Secret Life of Jeremy Corbyn is due for release in 2016.