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Happy 50th Birthday Private Eye

Posted at 12:00 pm, October 18, 2011 in Arts & Entertainment

50 years of Private EyeIt’s a funny old democracy where a magazine founded and run by public schoolboys remains the leading – if not quite the cutting – edge in political satire. But, as the Eye celebrates its 50th birthday with a big new show at the V&A (to January 8 2012) and a handsome celebratory tome edited by in-house hack Adam Macqueen, we youngsters at Time Out (we were born seven years later) send our warmest congratulations. If you’ve got a lunchtime free, pop down to South Kensington to see witty cartoons by the likes of Gerald Scarfe, Ralph Steadman, William Rushton and Barry Fantoni, 50 front covers selected by editor Ian Hislop (celebrating this year 25 years at the helm, above) and a replica of the editor’s paper-strewn desk and ephemera from the magazine’s past campaigns and famous court cases.

For info, see Private Eye: The First 50 Years listing; read our interview with Adam Macqueen in this week’s magazine.

50 years of Private Eye

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