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C4 depicts Blair's lost rock past
Chris Brassington
Christian Brassington plays the future prime minister
Tony Blair's rock star past is to be depicted in a mock documentary as part of Channel 4's winter line-up.

Tony Blair Rock Star depicts the future PM as a fame-seeking student, played by Christian Brassington, who dreams of making it big in the music world.

This winter also sees the return of 80s comedy show, The Comic Strip Presents.

Rik Mayall, Peter Richardson and Nigel Planer will be reunited for the one-off programme, which will also feature Doon Mackichan and Robert Bathurst.

Other comedy shows airing this winter include The IT Crowd, a new sitcom from Father Ted's Graham Linehan, and the second series of Green Wing.

Hit US drama Desperate Housewives will also return for a second series.


Other returning programmes include topical quiz show Eight Out of Ten Cats and reality show Rock School, while Shameless begins its third series with a feature-length special.

Green Wing
The hospital comedy Green Wing returns for a second series

Among the station's drama offerings this winter will be Karim's Story, which examines the Bradford riots of 2001 from the perspective of a group of young Asian men.

US imports include My Name is Earl, a sitcom starring Jason Lee as a petty crook who wins the lottery, and Invasion, about a family that finds itself at the heart of an alien takeover.

In The Root of All Evil, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins will accuse the religious establishment of preying on people's desire to believe in a greater being.

Gay Muslims, meanwhile, explores the prejudice homosexual Muslims face in their own communities.

The channel will also present a series of programmes about the ageing population.

And it announced that All in the Game, a drama about corruption in Premiership football starring Ray Winstone, will begin filming in January 2006.

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