Here lies Jeffrey Archer...

TV satire to lampoon shamed peer

The BBC is to make a satirical film lampooning Jeffrey Archer.

Drop The Dead Donkey writer Guy Jenkin will put the shame Tory peer in the firing line with the programme Jeffrey Archer ­ The Truth.

It will show the world as Lord Archer sees it, mocking on his reputation for embellishing the facts.

The satire - part of a £10million package of new political dramas - would have been impossible a few years ago because of strict BBC rules limiting the portrayal of living people.

Jane Tranter, the BBC's controller of drama commissioning, told The Independent: "It is his life seen through his eyes, his contribution not just to national events but to world events."

"It is a very funny portrayal of how Jeffrey Archer might think his life has worked out."

The film has yet to be cast.

Published: 29 May 2002

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