6.6. Saltburn and “The Satireman”: A Good-Humoured Christmas Episode

One magical winter’s night, a Satireman comes to life and a magical adventure begins… That’s right! They’ll be satire tonight, and you’ll soon be walking in a winter hinterland, because it’s time again for the most festive of all festive traditions: the annual Smith and Waugh Talk About Satire Christmas Special! First up, Jo and Adam read the magical picture-book tale of a living Satireman who flies away to meet the real-life Father Christmorris. Then Adam and Jo will take you on a deep dive into the most polarising film of the year, Emerald Fennell’s Saltburn. Is it a superficial grab bag of scenes from better texts and films, or a satire about British class dynamics in the 2020s? And exactly how significant (and satirical) are Jack Wills hoodies? Finally, Jo and Adam confront three revenant ghosts of Smith and Waugh Christmases past: Armando Iannucci’s Pandemonium, Netflix’s The Crown and ITV’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. Merry Christmas, one and all, and to all, a satirical night.

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