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PAISLEY AND ADAMS ARE VIRTUALLY POLITICIANS!

Byline: BRENDA O'NEILL

THIS could be the biggest political development of 2004 as Gerry Adams comes face-to-face with Ian Paisley.

Or could it be a new united unionist front with Dr Paisley finally making peace with David Trimble in a show of solidarity that also includes Bob McCartney, Peter Robinson and David Ervine?

Not in the real world of course - but definitely inside the head of impressionist Sean Crummy who is set to bring his hilarious Folks on the Hill radio show to television.

BBC graphics wizard Liam O'Neill has spent months putting computerised Spitting Image-style faces to Northern Ireland's leading politicians.

And the brand new TV series featuring the work of O'Neill and Crummy goes out next Friday.

Said Crummy: "Where else would you see Gerry Adams playing chess with Ian Paisley, or Bob McCartney dispensing political advice to David Ervine?

"At this point we don't know what the future holds politically but a fully working Assembly and Executive, political views aside, would make life a lot easier for me.

"But we will react to whatever situation evolves and hopefully the new series will allow us all further opportunities to have a laugh"

The show's producers are hoping to react to political events as they happen so the comedy remains topical.

Producer Owen McFadden said: "The 'virtual' politicians are created by computer, using the latest software technology - similar to that used to create Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Shrek.

"It takes approximately eight to ten days to create a 'virtual' politician and four or five days to model and another four days to 'wire' the model for movement and expressions.

"One of the joys of producing The Folks for radio has been the fact that we can record sketches at the very last minute and still have them ready in time for transmission. Now we can do it on telly too.

"Even if a story breaks on a Friday, The Folks can still have their say that night!"

l Folks on the Hill begins Friday, January 9, on BBC Northern Ireland at 10.35pm

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FACE-TO-FACE: These are the Folks jokes; HILARIOUS: Impressionist Sean Crummy with some of his Folks on the Hill
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