May is a replicant in This Week Blade Runner 2049 spoof

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From Digital Spy

We kind of love This Week's cringe pop culture parodies - after all, pretty much nothing could top them getting Ed Balls dancing in Twin Peaks' Red Room.

Now the team at the BBC's Thursday night politics show have outdone themselves with a parody of Blade Runner 2049. Their replicant subject? Theresa May.

In case you missed it, the prime minister has had a pretty terrible week, what with her conference speech being mired by coughs, pranksters with P45s, falling letters and plagiarism accusations.

In the opening to last night's (October 5) episode, they spoofed the opening to the first Blade Runner by interchanging the movie's original explainer with one where in the future, "the Conservative Party advanced robot evolution" by creating the Maybot.

"The Maybot was meant to be superior intellectually and politically. At least as charismatic at the engineers that created it. It became Prime Minister."

They then joked that the election and conference speech made the party declare her "unfit for office on Earth" and she had to be taken out for "retirement" by Blade Runners.

The sequence then goes on to use metaphors for the Tories with Blade Runner references. Here is the original, for comparison:

In short, it's as pitch perfect and cringe as we have come to expect from This Week, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

The show's recent Twin Peaks spoof was certainly something to behold, with Michael Portillo doing the world's most awful Dale Cooper impression, before Ed Balls got his groove on as The Man from Another Place.

Blade Runner 2049 has just been released in UK and US cinemas. Watch the trailer below:

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