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'Dead Ringers' was a satirical impressionist show, which brought us the sexiest woman on television in the early part of the 21st Century - Jan Ravens as a rampant seductress version of newscaster Fiona Bruce.
Originating on BBC Radio 4, 'Dead Ringers' made a successful transition to television, on BBC2. The TV version included an impressive list of impersonators - Ms. Ravens, Jon Culshaw, Mark Perry, Kevin Connelly, and Phil Cornwell.
Jon Culshaw was probably the star of 'Dead Ringers', with impressions which included a surreal American President George W. Bush, whose sentences were full of malapropisms. Also notable were Culshaw's rather brave impressions in public - of actors Tom Baker and Russell Crowe, TV/radio presenter/interviewer Michael Parkinson, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and art critic Brian Sewell.
Other impressive impersonations included Jan Ravens' Clare Short and Kirsty Wark; Mark Perry's late, lamented Labour MP Robin Cook, Professor Robert Winston, and TV presenter David Dickinson; Kevin Connelly's Mark Lawson, David Starkey, Andrew Marr, Bill Oddie, and Andrew Neil; Phil Cornwell's Michael Caine, Jack Nicholson, Jimmy Hill, and Jimmy Savile.
- Paul Rance/booksmusicfilmstv.com.
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