CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews last night’s TV: Those royal doubles are back and they’re bitingly bananas
Back In Time For The Corner Shop
As she gives the footmen a night off and parks herself in front of the telly at Buckingham Palace, how the Queen must wish her family were as easy to manage as their comedy doubles in The Windsors (C4).
If only the real reason for the estrangement between William and Harry were toxic gossip spread by their evil stepmother Camilla.
And life would be so much simpler, surely, if Meghan could be coaxed back into the Firm with a promise from Kate to take the messages she writes on bananas a little more seriously in future.
The Windsors returned for a third series, and the writers guessed correctly that the Sussexes would be demanding more time for their woke campaigns
The creators of The Windsors have shown an almost psychic insight into the woes of the Royal Family.
As the half-hour sitcom returned for a third series, writers George Jeffrie and Bert Tyler-Moore guessed correctly that the Sussexes would be demanding more time for their virtue-signalling woke campaigns (‘Speak out against avocados!’) and threatening to decamp to North America.
Spitting Image, the only previous comedy to josh the royals with such biting affection, used to write and record sketches as late as possible, often on the day of transmission.
That guaranteed freshness but made rehearsals and rewrites impossible. The Windsors is more polished, crammed with well-honed gags and hilarious performances, and recorded weeks in advance. That risks making false predictions.
Wisely, the writers didn’t try to second-guess the result of the General Election . . . except that Prince Charles (Harry Enfield) was leading the older royals on a strike for more money from the Civil List.
Charles, Andy and the rest were wearing donkey jackets and waving placards around a brazier — a gag that might have worked better if Jeremy Corbyn were now Prime Minister.