Iraq and a Hard Place (2003-2006) Bremner, Bird & Fortune comedy shorts from Channel4 (3 AVI Files)
The impressionist Rory Bremner and comedians Bird and Fortune take a look at the history of Iraq through a series of sketches, monologues and jokes. They begin with the formation of Iraq by the British in the early 20th Century, through the bombing of villages to control the tribes, the establishment of a king in the area through to the modern day trade meetings with Saddam Hussein.
To do this they simply present historical fact. They of course have jokes and humour which naturally show events in the light they themselves view them, but basically the essence is a matter of public record. The downside of this is that it isn't as funny as their series (Bremner, Bird & Fortune) can be but it more than makes up for it by being very interesting. I really didn't know whether to laugh or cry at some parts. The jokes are very sharp and barbed and are mainly very funny. The impressions are spot on as always and dialogue incredibly well written --Bremner' impression of Saddam as bemused by America and Britain constantly changing their minds about him is a favourite.
Between Iraq and a Hard Place (aired on Channel 4 in Jan 2003 - before the war)
Examining the reasons (lies) of going to war
95.9 MB (100,604,034 bytes)
Beyond Iraq and a Hard Place (aired on Channel 4 in May 2003 - after the war)
Examining the current situation and the possible future of Iraq
158 MB (165,837,542 bytes)
Beneath Iraq and a Hard Place (aired on More4 in early 2006 - three years after the war ended)
Examining the result of three years of nation building and spending
168 MB (177,181,756 bytes)
These are pretty rare so the quality is not great (ripped from U-Toob), but I hope you enjoy them.