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Is the world of politics anything like "Yes Minister" or "The Thick Of It"? Are scientists all as geeky as Denzil Dexter from "The Fast Show"? This collection of videos looks at the funny side of different professions and the stereotypes within them, through the best of British comedy. Using clips from "Harry Enfield" to "That Mitchell and Webb Look"  this series will give you an idea of where careers might lead you - from IT to social work.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

  • Duration 30 mins
  • Updated Friday 9th December 2011
  • Posted under Sociology
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Track 1: The Funny Thing About…Politicians

The Open University's Richard Heffernan discusses civil servants, spin doctors and politics, using clips from "Yes, Minister" and "The Thick of It".


© The Open University 2011


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 The Funny Thing About…Politicians    The Open University's Richard Heffernan discusses civil servants, spin doctors and politics, using clips from "Yes, Minister" and "The Thick of It". Play now The Funny Thing About…Politicians
2 The Funny Thing About…Scientists    Are scientists all geeky, bearded men in white lab coats? Featuring clips from "The Fast Show" and "A Bit of Fry and Laurie", The Open University's Professor Hazel Rymer dispels the stereotype. Play now The Funny Thing About…Scientists
3 The Funny Thing About...Journalists    What ethical dilemmas do journalists face? The Open University's Professor Derek Matravers explores what it's really like to work in the media, with comedy from Mitchell and Webb and Benedict Cumberbatch. Play now The Funny Thing About...Journalists
4 The Funny Thing About…IT    This light hearted film explores what it's like to work in IT, featuring comedy from That Mitchell and Webb Look and The Wrong Door. Play now The Funny Thing About…IT
5 The Funny Thing About Social Workers    A former Open University student challenges the stereotype that social workers are busy bodies with no fashion sense, in this film featuring comedy from Harry Enfield. Play now The Funny Thing About Social Workers
6 The Funny Thing About …Teachers    Featuring classic comedy from "Allo 'Allo!" and "A Bit of Fry and Laurie", this film looks at the real life careers of teachers. Play now The Funny Thing About …Teachers
7 The Funny Thing About… Judges    Are all judges white, middle-aged and middle-class? Professor Gary -------, of The Open University, talks about the truth behind the stereotype of a judge. Play now The Funny Thing About… Judges

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