If you follow up-to-the-minute Real Life UK politics you’ll probably be able to guess why this particular scene on this particular morning. Because, wow.*
Of course in this one instance the scale in TTOI was actually on a much much much much smaller scale than current Real Life. Seriosuly, in current Real Life, Cliff would be only one of a crowd of (brutally sacked) former ministers at the soapy tit wank Number 10 farewell.
(Another difference is that the new PM is doing the sacking herself, but that’s just as well really because if she DID have a Malcolm, she wouldn’t want him to start his first day on the job sacking half the cabinet. I mean, what could possibly ever live up to the fun of that for the entire rest of the time he has the job? No, it would all be downhill from there and someone like Malcolm should always have something to look forward to.)
*It’s like the Night of Long Knives …except in the morning.
Because I got that James Bond question yesterday that I wanted to answer right away I did a special Monday edition of Tucker Tuesday – but then I found I couldn’t NOT do Tucker Tuesday on, you know, *actual* Tuesday.
So here’s a little New Year-relevant compare and contrast between (on the left) the aired version of Malcolm and Elvis Cliff meeting again in Spinners and Losers and (on the right) the behind-the-scenes take 4 alt version of the same bit with slightly different angles, dialogue – this would be the improv showing – and the original lighting before the film was run through the very special post-production *~*gloom*~* filter.