Review of "Private Eye"

published 26/09/2003 | ElizaF
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Pro Intelligent, funny, letters pages
Cons occasionally ott, no credited writers
very helpful
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"Pink panther music please...."


Same as your average Beano :)

Paper weight (boom boom!)

Any other:
The origional Underground (tube) friendly-sized magazine.


I am not going to review all elements of Private Eye as:
1) We would be here all day and
2) I don't want to ruin it for you

The magazine does this amazing balance of revelation journalism covering stories that are too colloquial (corruption in local regional councils) for national papers and not sensational enough for the tabloids (calling for balanced studies into the MMR debate). On the other side of the balance is the humour of the magazine which is legendry and not to the taste of all as the letters to the letters page (worth buying the magazine alone for sometimes)

-Usually with a pic of a well-known person (as opposed to a 'celebrity') and a caption. This weeks rogue is Carole Caplin doing a 'knock knock' on the door of No.10. V. naughty.
This can be viewed at:

Lord Gnome
-The esteemed editor of Private eye who is all things on all weeks, all of them disputable. He has to date claimed to be a pornographer /alcoholic /thief /swindler / fraudster etc. It is fun figuring out who he is 'really' referring to and knowing that you are 'in' on the joke.

Funny Old World
A series of strange and wonderful (and always funny stories from around the world)

Blunders from sporting world announcers in the grand tradition of "it was a game of 3 halves"

Pseuds Corner
The ultimate guide to who has been sprouting
uber-speak. One of this weeks gems include:
"PhD research focussing on a critique of the modernist assumptions underlying orthodox approaches to learning. I am exploring the possibility of a postructuralist reconceptual-isation of learning as a metaphor for a destabilising practice.
University website"

A diary *written* by a major celeb about their week. Except it's not. However it is very very funny.

Polly Filler
She's everything it says on the tin. A space filler who manages to say nothing in 3 column inches.

Dumb Britain
This is either very painful or very funny to read.
This example comes from 'The weakest link'
Q: In medicine, what word beginning with “G” represents the area of medicine specialising in the treatment of the elderly?
A: Gynaecology.

Order of the Brown nose. Who is licking whose bum!

Funny strips
Most classics, all hysterical

Who is blaming what on Sept. 11th.

The magazine was founded by Peter Cook (yes, that Peter Cook :) who also became the proprietor of the satirical magazine. He also personally financed the publication through a number of difficult periods, particularly in a number of high-profile libel trials.

Today it is edited by Ian Hislop, the thinking woman's crumpet....apparently *ahem*

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Thanks for reading
xx E.

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  • starshapedbrick published 29/04/2004
    The world is divided between those who read Private Eye religously (like myself) and those who detest everything it stands for (like certain members of my family!) The only other thing I would add to this review is the investigative journalism role that the Eye still plays in the British media - some of the issues are trivial and funny, but they also are not afraid to tackle subjects that the more mainstream press shy away from (as their frequent court cases and hefty legal fees must surely testify!)
  • eve6kicksass published 02/04/2004
    Souns like an interesting magazine!!! Chris xxx
  • elkiedee published 02/02/2004
    I'm glad to see from comments below that I'm not the only person with a soft spot for Ian Hislop. Couldn't explain why though. Luci
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