Mirren Brands British TV Comedies ‘cruel’

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November 14, 2010 | 6:30pm EST

Dame Helen Mirren has taken aim at popular comedies Monty Python and Little Britain, branding the humor on the British TV favourites “cruel” and “scathing”.
The Queen star admits she’s saddened at the state of British cinema and television, and is convinced they are making U.K. citizens too “angry”.

She tells French magazine Paris Match, “I’m under the impression that (traditional values are) disappearing from our society… where conflicts are made worse on cinema and on television, where people are nasty and cruel on the internet and where, in general terms, everybody seems to me to be very angry. This causes me a lot of pain.

“I prefer the finesse of French humor. English humor is harsher, more scathing, more cruel and more surreal too, as illustrated by Monty Python and the TV series Little Britain, where situations are far-fetched and over the top.”

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