From Loadsamoney through to Tory Boy, Harry Enfield (above) has proved an effective, broad-brush political satirist. He will have more room to express these skills in Norman Ormal - A Very Peculiar Turtle, a one-off 50-minute political comedy currently in production. Due to be transmitted on BBC1 next month, the film will follow the model of Enfield's previous, highly-successful venture into send-up documentary territory, the profile of the Lord High Luvvie, Norbert Smith. The new programme will chart the politician's life from his humble beginnings as the son of a lowly confectioner to the dazzling heights of special adviser to the Millennium Dome Experience.
In the 1970s, Ormal managed to come back from an ill-advised relationship with a topless House of Commons typist called Gayna Slutt, to pilot through the Pool Tax - a levy on those without swimming pools - in the 1980s. Then, during this decade, he invented the famous election-winning slogan for the Conservatives - "Labour Eats Household Pets" - before, like all sensible Tories, scarpering to New Labour.
The script - the first television offering from the ubiquitous journalist, Craig Brown - looks to have captured the meaninglessness of so much political speech. Norman muses on being a "political animal" and reckons he's a turtle: "I've a very hard shell, but I've a soft side that's rather sweet. …