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== Dead Ringers ==
 
== Dead Ringers ==
  
'''Dead Ringers''' was a comedy sketch show on [[BBC]] 2 which frequently parodied and referenced ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy]]'' and the works of [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] more broadly. It ran for seven series, between [[2000]] and [[2007]]
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'''''Dead Ringers''''' was a comedy sketch show on [[BBC]] Two which frequently parodied and referenced ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy]]'' and the works of [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] more broadly. It ran for seven series, between [[2002]] and [[2007]].
  
 
==Series 3==
 
==Series 3==
In Episode 1, the use of [[Bigatures]] by [[Weta Workshop]] for ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy|The Lord of the Rings Trilogy]]'' was referenced in a sketch wherein [[wikipedia:Tony Blair|Tony Blair]] claimed the [[wikipedia:Iraq War|Iraq War]] was all faked with the use of models. Also, the show parodied [[wikipedia:How Clean Is Your House?|How Clean Is Your House?]] with [[wikipedia:Aggie MacKenzie|Aggie MacKenzie]] calling herself "''the [[Gollum]] of grime''" and the owner's house being described as "''a cross between [[Mordor]] and Afghanistan''".<ref name="S3E1">"[[wikipedia:Dead Rings (comedy)|Dead Ringers]]", Series 3, Episode 1 on [[wikipedia:BBC|BBC]] [[wikipedia:BBC Two|Two]]. Originally broadcast on [[May 10|10]] [[May]] [[2004]]</ref>
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In Episode 1, the use of [[Bigatures]] by [[Weta Workshop]] for ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy|The Lord of the Rings Trilogy]]'' was referenced in a sketch wherein [[wikipedia:Tony Blair|Tony Blair]] claimed the [[wikipedia:Iraq War|Iraq War]] was all faked with the use of models. Also, the show parodied [[wikipedia:How Clean Is Your House?|How Clean Is Your House?]] with [[wikipedia:Aggie MacKenzie|Aggie MacKenzie]] calling herself "''the [[Gollum]] of grime''" and the owner's house being described as "''a cross between [[Mordor]] and Afghanistan''".<ref name="S3E1">''[[wikipedia:Dead Rings (comedy)|Dead Ringers]]'', Series 3, Episode 1. Originally broadcast on [[wikipedia:BBC|BBC]] [[wikipedia:BBC Two|Two]] on [[May 10|10]] [[May]] [[2004]]</ref>
  
In Episode 2, parodying the fact that the [[wikipedia:Prime Minister of Thailand|Prime Minister]] of [[wikipedia:Thailand|Thailand]], [[wikipedia:Thaksin Shinawatra|Thaksin Shinawatra]], had tried to purchase [[wikipedia:Liverpool F.C.|Liverpool Football Club]], BBC News reports that "''another foreign leader with a questionable human rights record''", [[Saruman]], had bought [[wikipedia:Newcastle United F.C.|Newcastle United F.C.]] The manager, [[wikipedia:Bobby Robson|Bobby Robson]], explains that [[Shelob]] and [[Sméagol]] (invisible thanks to [[The One Ring]]) will be playing for the team.<ref name="S3E2">"[[wikipedia:Dead Rings (comedy)|Dead Ringers]]", Series 3, Episode 2 on [[wikipedia:BBC|BBC]] [[wikipedia:BBC Two|Two]]. Originally broadcast on [[May 17|17]] [[May]] [[2004]]</ref>
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In Episode 2, parodying the fact that the [[wikipedia:Prime Minister of Thailand|Prime Minister]] of [[wikipedia:Thailand|Thailand]], [[wikipedia:Thaksin Shinawatra|Thaksin Shinawatra]], had tried to purchase [[wikipedia:Liverpool F.C.|Liverpool Football Club]], BBC News reports that "''another foreign leader with a questionable human rights record''", [[Saruman]], had bought [[wikipedia:Newcastle United F.C.|Newcastle United F.C.]] The manager, [[wikipedia:Bobby Robson|Bobby Robson]], explains that [[Shelob]] and [[Sméagol]] (invisible thanks to [[The One Ring]]) will be playing for the team.<ref name="S3E2">''[[wikipedia:Dead Rings (comedy)|Dead Ringers]]'', Series 3, Episode 2. Originally broadcast on [[wikipedia:BBC|BBC]] [[wikipedia:BBC Two|Two]] on [[May 17|17]] [[May]] [[2004]]</ref>
  
The third episode combined the characters of the recently-returned, [[wikipedia:Auf Wiedersehen, Pet|Auf Wiedersehen, Pet]] - a programme about seven fictional British construction-workers working abroad - whose characters go to [[Middle-earth]] in search of work. They are employed by [[Gandalf]] to rebuild [[The Shire]] following the [[Scouring of the Shire]], but - in common with all series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet -  a nasty foreman turns up ([[Saruman]]) and one of the team falls in love with a local (an [[orcs|orc]]) who is then taught to speak [[wikipedia:Geordie|Geordie]]. <ref name="S3E3">[[wikipedia:Dead Rings (comedy)|Dead Ringers]]", Series 3, Episode 3 on [[wikipedia:BBC|BBC]] [[wikipedia:BBC Two|Two]]. Originally broadcast on [[May 24|24]] [[May]] [[2004]]</ref>
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The third episode combined the characters of the recently-returned, [[wikipedia:Auf Wiedersehen, Pet|Auf Wiedersehen, Pet]] - a programme about seven fictional British construction-workers working abroad - whose characters go to [[Middle-earth]] in search of work. They are employed by [[Gandalf]] to rebuild [[The Shire]] following the [[Scouring of the Shire]], but - in common with all series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet -  a nasty foreman turns up ([[Saruman]]) and one of the team falls in love with a local (an [[orcs|orc]]) who is then taught to speak [[wikipedia:Geordie|Geordie]].<ref name="S3E3">''[[wikipedia:Dead Rings (comedy)|Dead Ringers]]'', Series 3, Episode 3 (see 16:30 - ). Originally broadcast on [[wikipedia:BBC|BBC]] [[wikipedia:BBC Two|Two]] on [[May 24|24]] [[May]] [[2004]]</ref>
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==Places, People and Events==
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The following - demonstrating an impressive knowledge of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' - have been mentioned within the course of the seven series of ''Dead Ringers'':
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===People===
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*[[Dead Marshes]]
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*[[Gandalf]]
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*[[Gollum]]/[[Sméagol]]
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*[[orcs]]
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*[[Saruman]]
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*[[Shelob]]
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===Places===
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*[[Ithilien]]
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*[[Middle-earth]]
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*[[Mordor]]
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*[[Parth Galen]]
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*[[The Shire]]
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===Events===
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*[[Scouring of the Shire]]
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===Miscellaneous===
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*[[Bigatures]] (from the [[The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy|film trilogy]])
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*[[The One Ring]]
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*[[Orkish]]
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==Cast==
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*[[wikipedia:Mark Perry (impressionist)|Mark Perry]]: [[Gandalf]]
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*[[wikipedia:Phil Cornwell|Phil Cornwell]]: [[Saruman]]
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*[[wikipedia:Jan Ravens|Jan Ravens]]: [[wikipedia:Aggie MacKenzie|Aggie MacKenzie]] (called "[[Gollum]]")
  
 
==External Links==
 
==External Links==
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* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0313056/ Dead Ringers] at [http://www.imdb.com IMDb]
 
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0313056/ Dead Ringers] at [http://www.imdb.com IMDb]
 
* [http://www.seesaw.com/TV/Comedy/b-9510-Dead-Ringers Dead Ringers] on [[wikipedia:SeeSaw (Internet television)|SeeSaw]] (series 3 to 6 available to UK residents)
 
* [http://www.seesaw.com/TV/Comedy/b-9510-Dead-Ringers Dead Ringers] on [[wikipedia:SeeSaw (Internet television)|SeeSaw]] (series 3 to 6 available to UK residents)
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* [http://www.tv.com/dead-ringers/show/15218/summary.html Dead Ringers] at [http://www.tv.com TV.com]
 
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Dead Ringers

Dead Ringers was a comedy sketch show on BBC Two which frequently parodied and referenced The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien more broadly. It ran for seven series, between 2002 and 2007.

Series 3

In Episode 1, the use of Bigatures by Weta Workshop for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy was referenced in a sketch wherein Tony Blair claimed the Iraq War was all faked with the use of models. Also, the show parodied How Clean Is Your House? with Aggie MacKenzie calling herself "the Gollum of grime" and the owner's house being described as "a cross between Mordor and Afghanistan".[1]

In Episode 2, parodying the fact that the Prime Minister of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra, had tried to purchase Liverpool Football Club, BBC News reports that "another foreign leader with a questionable human rights record", Saruman, had bought Newcastle United F.C. The manager, Bobby Robson, explains that Shelob and Sméagol (invisible thanks to The One Ring) will be playing for the team.[2]

The third episode combined the characters of the recently-returned, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - a programme about seven fictional British construction-workers working abroad - whose characters go to Middle-earth in search of work. They are employed by Gandalf to rebuild The Shire following the Scouring of the Shire, but - in common with all series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - a nasty foreman turns up (Saruman) and one of the team falls in love with a local (an orc) who is then taught to speak Geordie.[3]

Places, People and Events

The following - demonstrating an impressive knowledge of The Lord of the Rings - have been mentioned within the course of the seven series of Dead Ringers:

People

Places

Events

Miscellaneous

Cast

External Links

References

  1. Dead Ringers, Series 3, Episode 1. Originally broadcast on BBC Two on 10 May 2004
  2. Dead Ringers, Series 3, Episode 2. Originally broadcast on BBC Two on 17 May 2004
  3. Dead Ringers, Series 3, Episode 3 (see 16:30 - ). Originally broadcast on BBC Two on 24 May 2004