Razor sharp satire – whether on TV, film, in the papers or as a cartoon – was once a stroke of genius but seemed to have lost its edge as we became more PC. How we missed Spitting Image and poking fun at our leaders. Then came the abysmal events in Paris at Charlie Hebdo. Our panel look at the impact of satire in the past and the present, and ask what the future holds for freedom to mock.
Hugo Rifkind is a columnist and leader writer for The Times. Formerly a columnist for The Herald, he joined The Times in 2005 as a diarist and features writer. He now writes a weekly opinion column, the Saturday television review, and My Week, a diary parody. He also writes regular columns for The Spectator and GQ and is a frequent panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz. His novel, Overexposure, was published in 2006 and a collection of columns, My Week: The Secret Diaries of Almost Everybody, was published in 2013. He was born in Edinburgh, studied in Cambridge, and now lives in North London with one wife, two children and no known pets.
Howard McWilliam left a career as a financial journalist and editor in 2005 to concentrate on his growing illustration career. As well as children’s books, he’s perhaps best known for his sharp caricature covers for The Week both in the UK and US.
Ian Martin is a comedy writer and his TV credits include the BAFTA award-winning The Thick of It, Veep and Time Trumpet. He has written a book called The Coalition Chronicles.
Dr Tim Benson is an expert on cartoons and runs The Political Cartoon Society. He is the author of a number of books on cartoons and cartoonists, including the best of Britain’s Political Cartoons series.
30 April 2015
6:30pm - 7:30pm
The Bear Pit Theatre, Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6LU