Aristophanes – The Gods are Laughing

One website has described it as an “offbeat look at the life and works of ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes.”

From IMDb –

Specially commissioned by the British Film Institute and Channel 4, this pseudo-biography shows how Aristophanes became the father of political satire and why his theatrical innovations are still staples of the contemporary theatre.

You can read a little more about Aristophanes, the writer, HERE on IMDb and HERE on Wikipedia. Judging by the negative review left on IMDb, this TV movie was not well received.

Nicola’s role

Not much is known about what role was played by Nicola in this TV movie and given that it was one of Nicola’s earlier credits, we can only assume that it was not a significant role.


We do not have screencaps for Nicola’s appearance in this TV movie.

Six degrees

Frances Barber, a cast member, also appeared on stage with Nicola in Tales of Vienna Woods [Stage] and in Shiner [Film]. There was no interaction between Frances and Nicola in Shiner [Film].

Ewen Bremner, a cast member, also appeared in episode 806 of Spooks [TV] but he did not have any scenes with Nicola.

Eddie Izzard, a cast member, wrote Cows [TV] though he did not appear in it.

Robert Glenister, a cast member, played the Home Secretary in numerous episodes of Series 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 of Spooks [TV]. He had some scenes with Nicola in Series 5 of Spooks [TV].

Robert Ashton-Griffiths, a cast member, also appeared in Moll Flanders [TV] though he did not have any scenes with Nicola.

Robert Pugh, a cast member, was also in A Dance to the Music of Time [TV] but not the same part of that mini-series as Nicola.

Availability on DVD

This TV movie is not currently available on DVD.