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Friday, 10 May, 2002, 09:56 GMT 10:56 UK
Comedy stars in anti-euro film
Harry Enfield's
Tim Nice-But-Dim "is in favour of the euro"
Some of British comedy's biggest stars have joined forces with Labour backbenchers to make an anti-euro film.

Harry Enfield - a former Labour donor - Rik Mayall and Vic Reeves have all contributed sketches to the film, which campaigns against the single currency.

We always knew the 'no' campaign were a bunch of comedians

Simon Buckby, Britain in Europe

Cinema goers can expect to see the 90-second film in June, when it will be shown before some of the summer's blockbusters.

The film also includes contributions from Labour's former sports minister Kate Hoey and backbench MP Diane Abbott, who have already lined up against the euro.

The film, which has reportedly cost about 1m to make, is directed by former Comic Strip member Peter Richardson.

Vic Reeves
Vic Reeves plays a sleazy TV ad presenter
It also features appearances by musician and TV presenter Jools Holland, John Sessions and Phil Cornwell - best known for impersonating Michael Caine in the BBC Two's Stella Street.

Rally

Enfield's section of the film features his upper-class character Tim Nice-But-Dim, who says "Yah to the euro" - but then admits to have no reason for supporting the currency except "it sounds like urine".

And Mayall dresses up as Adolf Hitler to tell a Nuremburg-style rally that the euro is inevitable, only for the crowd to roar back: "No".

Rick Mayall
Mayall came to fame in The Young Ones
The film also shows interviews with public sector workers and ordinary people from eurozone countries who say they have experienced problems since the switchover on 1 January.

George Eustice, co-director of the Europe Yes, Euro No campaign said: "The pro-euro lobby are heavily dependent on the political establishment to lead their campaign.

"We see this as a great opportunity for us. We will build a people-based campaign and we will not rely on political figures to make our case."

But Simon Buckby, campaign director of Britain in Europe, told BBC News Online: "We always knew the 'no' campaign were a bunch of comedians."

See also:

09 May 02 | UK Politics
Labour's lost luvvies
15 Jan 02 | TV and Radio
Saturday night's not right for Reeves
19 Apr 00 | Entertainment
Livingstone suits Enfield
25 Nov 99 | Entertainment
Mayall in rude health
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