The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball was the name chosen for the fourth Amnesty International Concert – performed in the aid of charity – presenting 24 top personalities from the worlds of music and comedy staged over four consecutive nights (9 – 12 September 1982) at London’s Theatre Royal in Drury Lane.
The originator of the event, John Cleese, collected together the talents of Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Donovan, Bob Geldof, Sting, Phil Collins, Midge Ure, Sheena Easton and Johnnie Fingers (from The Boomtown Rats) from the world of music.
They were joined by an all-star cast of comedians including Rowan Atkinson, Billy Connolly, Victoria Wood, Pamela Stephenson, Alexei Sayle, Griff Rhys Jones, Graham Chapman, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Jasper Carrott, John Fortune, and Barry Humphries (as Dame Edna Everage).
Two vinyl soundtrack LPs for the film were released, one of the comedy sketches and one of the musical acts.
Griff Rhys Jones