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Monday, 24 November 2003

BLAIR PUTS NEW SPIN ON THE SIMPSONS

Ananova reports that British Prime Minister Tony Blair is to make an appearance on “The Simpsons”. He has provided his voice for the episode, entitled "The Regina Monologues", in which the cartoon family visit England. In this episode the family comes to London for a holiday and is met at Heathrow airport by Mr Blair, who invites them back to his residence at 10 Downing Street for tea. After gaining tips on where to visit in London from the Prime Minister, Homer causes chaos by tipping tea from his Union Jack tea cup over the carpet. Homer also ends up in trouble with the Royal family after he crashes a Mini Cooper into the back of the Queen's horse-drawn carriage and is locked up in the Tower. The episode, which also features the voices of Harry Potter author JK Rowling and Sir Ian McKellen, is being aired on Fox tonight in the US and is due to be shown in Britain in January.

The IPKat wonders what precautions Tony Blair may have taken to protect his intellectual property. He has not registered his name as a trade mark. In the UK there is no property right in a distinctive voice; nor could he sue if the producers of the Simpsons had substituted a sound-alike actor for him. The IPKat assumes that, as is usually the case with Mr Blair, his lines were scripted by the Americans.

Royal Simpsons here and here; non-royal Simpsons here and here
More monologues here, here and here


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