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IF YOU can’t get enough of Michael Moore and wish there were at least an­other two Team

Amer­ica films to get your teeth into, then you’re go­ing to love this new show that tack­les the in­her­ently far­ci­cal “War on Ter­ror”.

As the pro­gramme says: “It wasn’t too hard to write some of these sketches; it of­ten turned out that the re­al­ity was so ab­surd it did not need satiris­ing.” De­vised by a group of stu­dents from Cam­bridge Uni­ver­sity, the piece is sharp and funny in the way that only some­thing so prop­erly re­searched can be. The ben­e­fit of war to pri­vate cor­po­ra­tions is a point that is par­tic­u­larly well con­veyed, as is the whole well-doc­u­mented bizarreness of declar­ing war on a mood.

The cast are great at mim­ick­ing renowned fig­ures such as Tony Blair, Don­ald Rums­feld and Barack Obama (who also isn’t let off the hook) and it’s very funny, even if you feel like you’ve heard it all be­fore. This is com­edy sketch writ­ing at its po­lit­i­cal best and while it’s not the first piece of work to poke fun at its sub­ject mat­ter – and no doubt won’t be the last – the topic has so much comic mileage that you can for­give the odd bit of rep­e­ti­tion.

SALLy STOTT

Un­til 30 Au­gust. To­day 4:55pm.

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