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Spitting Image

Spitting Image album cover for "Da Do Run Ron" satirical parody of Ronald Reagan
Format Puppet show
Voices of Chris Barrie
Harry Enfield
Jon Glover
Louise Gold
Steve Nallon
Kate Robbins
John Sessions
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 18
No. of episodes 132
Production
Producer(s) Central
Running time 30 to 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Original run 26 February 1984
18 February 1996

Spitting Image was a British satirical puppet show that ran on the ITV television network from 1984 to 1996. It was produced by Spitting Image Productions for Central. The series was nominated for 10 BAFTA Awards, winning only one (VTR Editing, 1989). Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links SpittingImage_albumcover. ... A puppet is any controlled character, whether formed by a shadow, strings, by the use of a glove, by direct mechanical contrivance (for example a cable-controlled figure for film or TV) or electronic guidance (such as a radio or infrared remote controller). ... Chris Barrie (born March 28, 1960) is an English actor, best known for his roles as Arnold Rimmer in the cult BBC2 comedy Red Dwarf, and as Gordon Brittas in popular BBC1 sitcom The Brittas Empire. ... Harry Enfield (born 30 May 1961 in Sussex, England) is an English comedian. ... Jon Glover is a British actor. ... Louise Gold is a British singer-actress and Spitting Image puppeteer, formerly a The Muppet Show puppeteer. ... Steve Nallon (born December 8, 1960) is a British actor, writer and impressionist, best known as the man who impersonated Margaret Thatcher throughout her career as British prime minister (1979-1990). ... Kate Robbins is a Liverpudlian actress and impressionist. ... John Sessions (born January 11, 1953) is a Scottish actor and comedian. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... 1867 edition of Punch, a ground-breaking British magazine of popular humour, including a good deal of satire of the contemporary social and political scene. ... A puppet is any controlled character, whether formed by a shadow, strings, by the use of a glove, by direct mechanical contrivance (for example a cable-controlled figure for film or TV) or electronic guidance (such as a radio or infrared remote controller). ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... This article is about the year. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ...

Contents

Introduction

The title of the series is taken from "spitting image", a commonly misspoken form of "sp'it an' image" (spirit and image), which means "perfect likeness or counterpart", both in terms of personality/mannerisms (spirit) and physical manifestation (image).[1]


The puppets, caricaturing public figures often including British and American politicians and celebrities, were designed by the cartoonists Peter Fluck and Roger Law (who sometimes spoonerised their names as 'Luck and Flaw'). They were assisted by various young caricaturists including David Stoten, Steve Bendelack, Tim Watts, Pablo Bach, Christopher Sharrock (who coined the internal name for the show: "Splitting Headache") and Oscar da Costa and virtually every successful British impressionist of the time. Musical parodies were provided by Philip Pope (former member of Who Dares Wins and The Hee Bee Gee Bees) and later Steve Brown (who played the character of bandleader Glen Ponder in Knowing Me, Knowing You... with Alan Partridge). For the book of comics by Daniel Clowes, see Caricature (Daniel Clowes collection). ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... For other uses, see Cartoon (disambiguation). ... Peter Fluck is a caricaturist and one half of Fluck and Law (with Roger Law), creators of the satirical TV puppet show Spitting Image. ... Roger Law is a caricaturist and one half of Fluck and Law (with Peter Fluck), creators of the satirical TV puppet show Spitting Image. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... David Stoten is an Oscar-nominated short film maker and caricaturist on TVs Spitting Image. ... Originally an assistant to Peter Fluck and Roger Law on satirical TV puppet show Spitting Image, Steve Bendelack went on to direct the show in later years. ... Tim Watts is an Oscar-nominated short film maker and caricaturist on TVs Spitting Image. ... Philip Pope is a British composer and actor. ... Who Dares Wins was an Aus television daring gameshow. ... The HeeBeeGeeBees, as pictured in the Radio Active Times, 1986 The Hee Bee Gee Bees were a pop group formed initially to parody the Bee Gees towards the close of their sequence of high-pitched, disco-style hits. ... Steve Brown is a UK composer, working largely in TV. He wrote many of the comedy songs for satirical comedy show Spitting Image in the late 80s and early 90s. ... Glen Ponder was a character played by Steve Brown in UK comedy series Knowing Me, Knowing You (1994). ... Knowing Me, Knowing You. ...


The series took several years to be developed. The original idea is credited to graphic designer Martin Lambie-Nairn, who proposed the idea of a satirical television show featuring puppets to Fluck and Law, two illustrators and sculptors who worked mostly in print media. As none of the three had prior TV experience, they turned to others to actually produce the show. Fluck and Law brought in comedy writer and National Lampoon editor Tony Hendra who they had met previously while working in America. Hendra in turn brought in John Lloyd, producer of the satirical sketch show Not The Nine O'Clock News, and they were joined by Jon Blair, a documentary producer. The initial development of the show was funded by entrepreneur Clive Sinclair.At the start back in 1984 and 1985 the show was'nt doing well in the ratings and nearly got cancelled. January 1973 cover of National Lampoon National Lampoon was an American humor magazine that began in 1970 as an offshoot of the Harvard Lampoon. ... Tony Hendra (born 1941) is an English satirist and writer, who has worked mostly in the United States. ... There have been several notable individuals with the name John Lloyd. ... Not the Nine OClock News is a comedy television programme that was shown on the BBC, broadcast from 1979 to 1982. ... Jon Blair is a British born, South African raised, writer, producer and director of documentary films. ... Sir Clive Marles Sinclair (born July 30, 1940), is a British entrepreneur and inventor of, among other things, the worlds first pocket calculator, in 1962 and the beloved ZX Spectrum computer in 1982. ...


Characters

The stars of the show, though, were the latex puppets. Centre stage were the politicians, in particular the then U.S. President Ronald Reagan (a bumbling, nuke-obsessed fool with a (literally) missing brain), and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who was portrayed as a bullying, fascist tyrant and man-woman (she wore suits and used the urinals). She tended to take political advice from Adolf Hitler who apparently didn't commit suicide and is now an old man tending to a garden on the roof of Number 9, Downing Street under the alias "Herr Jeremy". Along with Cecil Parkinson, Ronald Reagan and Norman Tebbit, Thatcher seemed to be having a romantic relationship with him. This article is about the typesetting system. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A politician is an individual who is a formally recognized and active member of a government, or a person who influences the way a society is governed through an understanding of political power and group dynamics. ... Reagan redirects here. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, 1945, rose some 18 kilometers (11 mi) above the hypocenter A nuclear weapon derives its destructive force from nuclear reactions of fusion or fission. ... Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS (née Roberts; born 13 October 1925) served as British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990 and leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 until 1990, being the first and only woman to hold either post. ... Fascism is an authoritarian political ideology (generally tied to a mass movement) that considers individual and other societal interests subordinate to the interests of the state. ... A urinal is any specialized toilet or container designed for urinating, generally by men and boys. ... Hitler redirects here. ... Cecil Edward Parkinson, Baron Parkinson, PC (born 1 September 1931 in Carnforth, Lancashire), is a British Conservative politician and former Cabinet Minister. ... Reagan redirects here. ... Norman Beresford Tebbit, Baron Tebbit, CH, PC (born 29 March 1931) is a British Conservative politician and former Member of Parliament (MP) for Chingford, who was born in Southgate in Enfield. ...


Providing admirable support were leather-clad "Bovver boy" Norman Tebbit, zombie-like William Whitelaw, bland Geoffrey Howe, manic Michael Heseltine, the 'invisible man' Tom King, vamp-like Edwina Currie, lecherous Cecil Parkinson, Douglas Hurd - whose spiralling hairstyle resembled a "Mr Whippy" ice cream, the slug-like Kenneth Baker, greedy Nigel Lawson, a useless and crap Norman Lamont, drunken and fat Kenneth Clarke, blink-minded David Waddington, childish Paul Channon, cigarettes-craving Nicholas Ridley, John MacGregor always shown wearing a brown paper bag over his head, strange and emotional John Moore, denied Edward Heath, never-elected David Young, bumbling Leon Brittan, Norman Fowler and the discontent Peter Walker and Enoch Powell, who had campaigned against immigration, was shown as black. Skinheads, named for their close-cropped or shaven heads, are a working-class subculture that originated in the United Kingdom in the late 1960s, and then spread to other parts of the world. ... Norman Beresford Tebbit, Baron Tebbit, CH, PC (born 29 March 1931) is a British Conservative politician and former Member of Parliament (MP) for Chingford, who was born in Southgate in Enfield. ... The Rt Hon. ... Richard Edward Geoffrey Howe, Baron Howe of Aberavon, CH, PC, QC (born 20 December 1926), known until 1992 as Sir Geoffrey Howe, is a senior British Conservative politician. ... Michael Ray Dibdin Heseltine, Baron Heseltine, CH, PC (born 21 March 1933) is a British businessman and Conservative Party politician. ... Tom King or Thomas King may refer to: Thomas Starr King (1824–1864), American Unitarian minister, influential in California politics during the American Civil War Thomas Butler King Tom King - Southern Connecticut State Boss - Farnham Hall Thomas King (boxer) (1835–1888), English boxer, Heavyweight Champion of England Tom King (highwayman... Edwina Currie Jones née Cohen, (born 13 October 1946) is a former British Member of Parliament. ... Cecil Edward Parkinson, Baron Parkinson, PC (born 1 September 1931 in Carnforth, Lancashire), is a British Conservative politician and former Cabinet Minister. ... Douglas Richard Hurd, Baron Hurd of Westwell, CH, CBE, PC (born 8 March 1930), is a senior British Conservative politician and novelist, who served in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major between 1979 and his retirement in 1995. ... Kenneth Baker Kenneth Wilfrid Baker, Baron Baker of Dorking, CH, PC, (born November 3, 1934), is a British politician, and former Conservative MP. Son of a civil servant, he was educated at Hampton Grammar school between 1946 and 1948 and thereafter at St Pauls School, London and Magdalen College... Nigel Lawson, Baron Lawson of Blaby, PC (born March 11, 1932), was a British politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer between June 1983 and October 1989. ... Norman Stewart Hughson Lamont, Baron Lamont of Lerwick, PC (born 8 May 1942) was Conservative Member of Parliament for Kingston-upon-Thames, England from 1972 until 1997. ... This article is about Kenneth Clarke, the English politician. ... David Charles Waddington, Baron Waddington, PC (born August 2, 1929), is a Conservative politician in the United Kingdom. ... The Right Honourable Henry Paul Guinness Channon, Baron Kelvedon, PC (born 1935) was Conservative MP for Southend West from 1959 until 1997. ... Nicholas Ridley (February 17, 1929 - March 4, 1993) was a British politician. ... John Macgregor (1802-1858) was a Scottish shipbuilder. ... John Edward Michael Moore, Baron Moore of Lower Marsh, PC (born November 26, 1937), is a British politician who was Member of Parliament for Croydon, Central, and under Margaret Thatcher was a cabinet minister. ... Sir Edward Richard George Heath, KG, OBE (9 July 1916 – 17 July 2005) was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1970 to 1974 and leader of the Conservative Party from 1965 to 1975. ... David Ivor Young, Baron Young of Graffham, PC DL (born February 27, 1932) was a British Conservative politician and businessman. ... Sir Leon Brittan, Rt. ... The Right Honourable Peter Norman Fowler, Baron Fowler, PC (born 1937) usually known as Norman Fowler before he was given his peerage, and probably now best known as Lord Fowler, is a British Conservative politician who was from 1981 to 1990 a member of Margaret Thatchers Cabinet. ... Peter Walker, Baron Walker of Worcester, PC (born 1932), was Conservative MP for Worcester between March 1961 and April 1992, and the founder of the Tory Reform Group. ... John Enoch Powell, MBE (June 16, 1912 – February 8, 1998) was a British politician, linguist, writer, academic, soldier and poet. ...


On the other side of the House, Leader of the Labour Party, gasbagging Neil Kinnock, the senile Michael Foot, the actually spitting Roy Hattersley, the hard-left Ken Livingstone, the big eyebrow Denis Healey, Welsh gardener James Callaghan, Yorkshireman Harold Wilson, Blackpool accent Margaret Beckett, the small-minded Peter Shore, Loud-mouth John Prescott, pip-squeak Robin Cook and the creepy, psychotic Gerald Kaufman. Neil Gordon Kinnock, Baron Kinnock, PC (born 28 March 1942) is a British politician. ... Michael Mackintosh Foot (born 23 July 1913) is an English politician and writer. ... Roy Sydney George Hattersley, Baron Hattersley, PC (born December 28, 1932) is a British Labour Party politician, published author and journalist from Sheffield, England. ... Kenneth Robert Livingstone (born June 17, 1945) became Mayor of London on the creation of the post in 2000 having previously been Labour Leader of the Greater London Council from 1981 until it was abolished in 1986. ... Denis Winston Healey, Baron Healey, CH, MBE, PC (born 30 August 1917), is a British Labour politician. ... Leonard James Callaghan, Baron Callaghan of Cardiff, KG, PC (27 March 1912 – 26 March 2005), was Labour Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1976 to 1979. ... James Harold Wilson, Baron Wilson of Rievaulx, KG, OBE, FRS, PC (11 March 1916 – 24 May 1995) was one of the most prominent British politicians of the 20th century. ... Margaret Mary Beckett (née Jackson; born 15 January 1943) is a British Labour politician and Member of Parliament (MP) for Derby South. ... Peter David Shore, Baron Shore of Stepney PC (May 20, 1924 - September 24, 2001) was a British Labour politician noted for his opposition to the European Communities. ... For other persons named John Prescott, see John Prescott (disambiguation). ... Robert Finlayson Cook (28 February 1946 – 6 August 2005) was a politician in the British Labour Party. ... Gerald Kaufman is passionate about Palestine The Right Honourable Sir Gerald Bernard Kaufman (born June 21, 1930) is a British Labour Member of Parliament who was a government minister during the 1970s. ...


And on the third benches there was short-lived SDP-Liberal Alliance before the merger into Liberal Democrats with the leaders election-losing populist, arrogant and undecided David Owen complete with whining, bed-wetting David Steel in his pocket. After the Social and Liberal Democrats was formed David Steel and David Owen resign as Leader and was replaced by Paddy Ashdown, whose stance of "equidistance" from the two larger parties was satirised by his frequent appearance at the side of the screen during unrelated sketches, saying: "I am neither in this sketch nor not in it, but somewhere in between". The SDP-Liberal Alliance was an electoral alliance of the Social Democratic Party and the Liberal Party in the UK that ran from 1981 to 1988, when the bulk of the two parties merged to form the Social and Liberal Democrats, later referred to as simply the Liberal Democrats. ... The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, is a liberal political party in the United Kingdom formed in 1988 by the merger of the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party; the two parties had already been in an alliance for seven years prior to this, since not long... Populism is a political ideology or rhetorical style that holds that the common person is oppressed by the elite in society, which exists only to serve its own interests, and therefore, the instruments of the State need to be grasped from this self-serving elite and instead used for the... David Anthony Llewellyn Owen, Baron Owen, CH, PC (born July 2, 1938) is a British politician, Chancellor of the University of Liverpool and one of the founders of the British Social Democratic Party (SDP). ... David Martin Scott Steel, Baron Steel of Aikwood, KT, KBE, PC (born 31 March 1938) is a British and Scottish politician and a Liberal Democrat member of the UK House of Lords. ... The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, is a liberal political party in the United Kingdom formed in 1988 by the merger of the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party; the two parties had already been in an alliance for seven years prior to this, since not long... Jeremy John Durham Ashdown, Baron Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon, GCMG, KBE, PC, (born 27 February 1941), commonly known as Paddy Ashdown, is a British politician. ...


Reagan was assisted by square-headed Edwin Meese, sharkish Caspar Weinberger, Donald Regan and idiotic vice-president George H.W. Bush, with Sylvester Stallone and Ted Kennedy, among others, trying to become President. Edwin Meese III Edwin Ed Meese III (born December 2, 1931 in Oakland, California) served as the seventy-fifth Attorney General of the United States (1985-1988). ... Caspar Willard Cap Weinberger, GBE (August 18, 1917 – March 28, 2006), was an American politician and Secretary of Defense under President Ronald Reagan from January 21, 1981, until November 23, 1987, making him the third longest-serving defense secretary to date, after Robert McNamara and Donald Rumsfeld. ... Donald Thomas Regan (December 21, 1918 – June 10, 2003) was the 66th United States Secretary of the Treasury, from 1981 to 1985, and Chief of Staff from 1985 to 1987 in the Ronald Reagan Administration, where he advocated Reaganomics and tax cuts to create jobs and stimulate production. ... Order: 41st President Vice President: Dan Quayle Term of office: January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993 Preceded by: Ronald Reagan Succeeded by: Bill Clinton Date of birth: June 12, 1924 Place of birth: Milton, Massachusetts First Lady: Barbara Pierce Bush Political party: Republican George Herbert Walker Bush, KBE (born June... Sylvester Stallone (born Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone on July 6, 1946) is a two-time Academy Award-nominated American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. ... For other persons named Ted Kennedy, see Ted Kennedy (disambiguation). ...


There were other international politicians that Spitting Image satirized like Robert Mugabe (Who was Prime Minister of Zimbabwe), P.W. Botha (Then Prime Minister of South Africa after President of South Africa) who was succeeded by Frederik Willem de Klerk, and the post-apartheid President Nelson Mandela, Idi Amin Dada (Former President of Uganda), ancient Konstantin Chernenko who was General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union until his timely death after two series who was succeeded by the hip and swinging Mikhail Gorbachev (President of the then Soviet Union), Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi (Head of State of Libya), Indira Gandhi (Prime Minister of India), Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (Supreme Leader of Iran), François Mitterrand (President of France), Francois' successor nuclear-testing Jacques Chirac, Saddam Hussein (President of Iraq during the invasion of Kuwait which led to the Gulf War) and more. Mugabe redirects here. ... The Prime Minister of Zimbabwe was the head of government in Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987. ... P.W. Botha Pieter Willem Botha, (born January 12, 1916) commonly known as P.W. and as die groot krokodil (the great crocodile) was Prime Minister of South Africa from 1978 to 1984 and State President of South Africa from 1984 to 1989. ... This is a list of South African Prime Ministers. ... The President of South Africa, in full, the President of the Republic of South Africa is the head of state and head of government under South Africas Constitution. ... == == Frederik Willem de Klerk (born March 18, 1936) was the last State President of Apartheid-era South Africa, serving from September 1989 to May 1994. ... For other people named Mandela, or other uses, see Mandela. ... Idi Amin Dada (mid-1920s[1] – 16 August 2003) was an army officer and president of Uganda. ... The President of Uganda is the head of state in Uganda. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Joseph Stalin, first General Secretary The General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (First Secretary in 1953-1966) was the title synonymous with leader of the Soviet Union after Vladimir Lenins death in 1924. ... Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev[1] (Russian: , IPA: ; born 2 March 1931) is a Russian politician. ... Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi1 (Arabic:   ) (born c. ... This page lists Heads of State of Libya since 1951. ... A young Indira Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi, during one of the latters fasts Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi (Hindi: ) (19 November 1917 - October 31, 1984) She was the Prime Minister of India for three consecutive terms from 1966 to 1977 and for a fourth term from 1980 until her assassination in... The Prime Minister of India is, in practice, the most powerful person in the Government of India. ... For other uses, see Ayatollah (disambiguation). ... Grand Ayatullah Sayid Ruhullah Musawi Khomeini ( ) (Persian: RÅ«ullāh MÅ«sawÄ« KhumaynÄ« (September 21, 1900 [1]– June 3, 1989) was a senior Shi`i Muslim cleric, Islamic philosopher and marja (religious authority), and the political leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution which saw the overthrow of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi... The post of Supreme Leader (Persian: رهبر انقلاب, Rahbare Enqelab,[1] lit. ...   IPA: (October 26, 1916 – January 8, 1996) served as President of France from 1981 to 1995, elected as representative of the Socialist Party (PS). ... The President of France, known officially as the President of the Republic (Président de la République in French), is Frances elected Head of State. ... “Chirac” redirects here. ... Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti (28 April 1937 – 30 December 2006) was the fifth President of Iraq and Chairman of the Iraqi Revolutionary Command Council from 1979 until his overthrow by US forces in 2003. ... The President of Iraq is Iraqs head of state. ... For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation). ...


Several of the politicians found their characterisations offensive, although in subsequent interviews many were glad of the attention. Though an appreciation of the programme's humour required more than a passing knowledge of British politics, it aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation late on Sunday nights in the late 1980s. The American NBC network aired several prime-time specials adapted from the series in the same period. Radio-Canada redirects here. ... The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ...


As the show progressed, Britain's political landscape altered. Particularly, in the early 1990s, many of the characters who had proven so popular were retired from real-world politics, particularly Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, whilst others such as Michael Heseltine and Norman Tebbit became much less prominent.


This marked a decline in the show's fortunes. Thatcher was replaced with a dull, all-grey John Major, who enjoyed nothing better than a nice meal of peas with his wife Norma. He was so boring they even invented an affair between him and Virginia Bottomley, a Cabinet Minister. (This was not a million miles from the truth, as it was revealed much later that Major had had an affair with Edwina Currie.) For other persons named John Major, see John Major (disambiguation). ... Norma, Lady Major, DBE (nee Wagstaff, previously Johnson; born 12 February 1942) is the wife of Sir John Major, the former British Prime Minister. ... The Right Honourable Virginia Hilda Brunette Maxwell Bottomley, Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone, PC (born March 12, 1948), née Virginia Garnett, is a British Conservative Party politician. ... Edwina Currie Jones née Cohen, (born 13 October 1946) is a former British Member of Parliament. ...


A fat, stereotypical Democrat Bill Clinton became President after Bush. Tony Blair, at that point leader of the opposition, appeared in the last few series as a grinning puppet hypnotised by a Peter Mandelson snake. The show ended in 1996, missing Labour's 1997 election victory (though the last ever episode featured a segment entitled The Last Prophecies of Spitting Image in which, among other things, The Party moved into Number 10). William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... For other people of the same name, see Tony Blair (disambiguation) Anthony Charles Lynton Blair (born May 6, 1953)[1] is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, Leader of the Labour Party, and Member of Parliament for the constituency... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... The UK general election, 1997 was held on 1 May 1997. ... 10 Downing Street (commonly known as Number 10), is the most famous London street address. ...


Another mainstay of Spitting Image was the royal family. The Queen wore a CND badge, always seemed ever so slightly mad and picking clothes from rubbish bins, Prince Philip was a blunderbuss-toting buffoon permanently in naval uniform, Prince Charles was distant, and Diana was a publicity-hungry Sloane Ranger. There was also playboy Prince Andrew, horsey Princess Anne, petulant teenager Prince Edward, tipsy Princess Margaret, truffle-snuffling Fergie and senile Queen Mother, who was generally seen with a bottle of Gordons Gin, a copy of the Racing Post and a Beryl Reid voice; this was a running joke from a sketch in which the Royal Family's desire to conceal her Birmingham accent was the reason she was very seldom heard speaking on television. Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of sixteen sovereign states, holding each crown and title equally. ... CND logo In British politics, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has been at the forefront of the peace movement in the United Kingdom and claims to be Europes largest single-issue peace campaign. ... Prince Philip redirects here. ... An English flintlock blunderbuss A blunderbuss is a muzzle-loading firearm with a flared, trumpet-like barrel and is the predecessor to the shotgun. ... This article is about the navy of the United Kingdom. ... “Prince Charles” redirects here. ... Princess Diana redirects here. ... The term Sloane Ranger (often pluralised to just Sloanes or Sloanies) originally referred to the young upper- and upper-middle-class men and women living in West London. ... The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York (Andrew Albert Christian Edward; born 19 February 1960) is a member of the British Royal Family, the third child and second son of Queen Elizabeth II. He has held the title of Duke of York since 1986. ... The Princess Anne, Princess Royal (Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise; born 15 August 1950), is a member of the British Royal Family and the only daughter of Elizabeth II. She is the seventh holder of the title Princess Royal, and is currently ninth in the line of succession to the British... The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, KG, KCVO, SOM (Edward Antony Richard Louis Mountbatten-Windsor; born 10 March 1964) is a member of the British Royal Family, the youngest child and third son of Queen Elizabeth II. He has held the title of Earl of Wessex since 1999. ... HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret (Margaret Rose Armstrong-Jones, née Windsor; (August 21, 1930—February 9, 2002) was a member of the British Royal Family, the second eldest daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and sister of the current British... Sarah, Duchess of York (born Sarah Margaret Ferguson, 15 October 1959) is the former wife of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, fourth in line to the British throne. ... Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, later Queen Elizabeth (Elizabeth Angela Marguerite; 4 August 1900 – 30 March 2002), was the Queen Consort of King George VI of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions from 1936 until his death in 1952. ... This article is about the beverage. ... The Racing Post is a British daily horse racing, greyhound racing and sports betting newspaper. ... Beryl Reid was the daughter of Scottish parents and grew up in industrial Manchester, England. ... This article is about the British city. ...


Other popular puppets included a crying Gazza, boxers Frank Bruno (with his famous laugh) and Chris Eubank (with his famous lisp), a smarmy, self-loving Jeremy Paxman, morbidly obese and extremely greedy Luciano Pavarotti, Donald Sinden (forever seeking a knighthood), Leonard Nimoy (desperate to shake off his Spock image despite the fact he has pointed ears that flapped constantly), Dame Thora Hird and Alan Bennett sharing a bed and incongruously talking dirty to the outrage of Thora's cat, Sir John Gielgud (who always fell asleep and had to be prodded awake with a stick), powerful but greedy newspaper tycoon Rupert Murdoch, sleazy Saatchi and Saatchi, the Virgin Atlantic Airways billionaire Richard Branson, Paul Daniels and his pet wig, squeaky Dennis Thatcher, crazy Grace Jones, protesting Bob Dylan, tiny pathetic Mark Thatcher, excited Peter Snow with his graphs and polls, John Cole (whose rambling reports from outside Parliament often led to an off-screen individual wrapping a walking stick round his neck and yanking him away), weatherman Ian McCaskill and his spectacles which swung up and down as he got more enthusiastic, pre-puberty Aled Jones, a dramatic, moody Laurence Olivier, Banjo-playing Pope John Paul II, wheezy, bullying Sir Robin Day with his large bow tie, manly, musclely but wimpy Arnold Schwarzenegger, fact-distorting David Attenborough, award-accepting Richard Attenborough, foolish, rubbish Andrew Lloyd Webber, annoying, angelic Cliff Richard, Salman Rushdie, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Kenneth Newman, a hippie Jesus, an extremely controversial God character who occasionally plugged his new book "Bible II" and snooker star Steve "Interesting" Davis. Lord Lucan, who disappeared without trace in 1974, would sometimes appear as a waiter or barman. In the documentary show in early 2006 looking back on the show, two puppets of Ant and Dec were created especially for the programme. Paul John Gascoigne (born 27 May 1967 in Dunston, England), often referred to as Gazza, is a retired English football player who is widely regarded as one of the most gifted footballers of his generation. ... Franklin Roy Bruno (born November 16, 1961) is a British former boxer whose career highlight was winning the WBC Heavyweight championship in 1995. ... Chris Eubank (born Christopher Livingstone Eubanks on August 8, 1966) is a boxer and British celebrity who held the WBO Middleweight and Super Middleweight titles. ... Jeremy Dickson Paxman (born 11 May 1950) is an English BBC journalist, news presenter and author. ... 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In earlier episodes, a corrupt and big-headed Arthur Scargill caused trouble for the Tories and was shown as ignorant about mining, for example, calling shafts corridors and confusing coal with crispbread. Arthur Scargill (born January 11, 1938) led the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) from 1981 to 2000. ...


The songs

In 1986, the Spitting Image puppets had a number one hit in the UK charts with "The Chicken Song", parodying "Agadoo" by Black Lace – one of several parodies to have featured in the programme. Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... The Chicken Song is a song by the British parody/satire comedy program Spitting Image. ... Black Lace are a British band noted for hits such as The Music Man, Agadoo, and Superman. They also represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 1979 in Jerusalem with the song Mary Ann, which finished seventh. ...


The other songs released by Spitting Image were "I've Never Met A Nice South African" (which was on the B-Side of "The Chicken Song" and was a savage indictment of the apartheid-ridden country), "Santa Claus Is On The Dole", "The Atheist Tabernacle Choir", "No More Christmas Singles" and "House Of Commons, Commons Of House". "The Chicken Song" was by far the most successful of all of their music and not-so-subtle references were made to it in subsequent sketches in the show itself. An LP "Spit In Your Ear" was produced, featuring some of their sketches over time along with a few of their songs. --Alabamaboy 8 July 2005 14:48 (UTC) Categories: Possible copyright violations ... A segregated beach in South Africa, 1982. ...


Another song Spitting Image was famous for is the notorious "We're Scared of Bob" in 1986.


Other musical parodies featured Michael Jackson, Kylie Minogue, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, The Monkees, Pet Shop Boys, Andrew Ridgely, ZZ Top, Grace Jones, Prince and Barbra Streisand Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... Kylie Ann Minogue (pronounced [1]) (born May 28, 1968) is an Australian, Grammy award-winning pop singer, songwriter and actress. ... Frankie Goes to Hollywood (FGTH) was a UK New wave band that was popular in early 1980s. ... The Monkees were a pop-rock quartet created and based in Los Angeles in 1965 for an NBC American television series of the same name. ... Pet Shop Boys are a Grammy Award nominated British synthpop/pop music/electronic music duo, consisting of Neil Tennant who provides main vocals, keyboards and very occasionally guitar, and Chris Lowe on keyboards and occasionally on vocals. ... Andrew Ridgeley (born Bushey, Hertfordshire England on January 26, 1963) was a British pop singer who formed the pop duo Wham! with his friend George Michael whom he met when they both attended Bushey Meads school. ... ZZ Top is an American blues rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. ... Grace Jones (born Grace Mendoza on May 19, 1948, in Spanish Town, Jamaica) is a model, singer and actress. ... The term prince, from the Latin root princeps, is used for a member of the highest ranks of the aristocracy or the nobility. ... Barbra Streisand (pronounced STRY-sand, IPA: ; born April 24, 1942) is an American singer, theatre and film actress, composer, liberal political activist, film producer and director. ...


In one instance Sting was persuaded to sing a re-worded version of Every Breath You Take to accompany a video showing the Spitting Image puppets of World leaders and political figures of the day, usually with the figure matching the altered lyrics "Every wall you build, Every one you've killed, Every grave you've filled, all the blood you've spilled, I'll be watching you." The video ended with an image of a mushroom cloud from a nuclear explosion. Sting circa 1987 Gordon Matthew Sumner, CBE (born October 2, 1951), best known by his stage name Sting, is an English musician and formerly bassist and lead singer of The Police. ... Every Breath You Take is a song written by Sting and originally performed by The Police. ...


The Chicken Song hit number 1 in the charts for 3 weeks from 17 May3 June 1986 and VH1 US named it as one of the worst number 1 nominations. is the 137th day of the year (138th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 154th day of the year (155th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ...


Spitting Image did the music video for Land Of Confusion by Genesis. Land of Confusion is a rock song written by the band Genesis for their 1986 album Invisible Touch. ... For other uses, see Genesis (disambiguation). ...


Video and DVD releases

The programme was first released on video in 1986 with a total of 3 videos("Spit With Polish", A Floppy Mass Of Blubber" & "Rubber Thingies"). All carried a 15 certificate and were re-released in 1988. The 3 videos were compilations of clips from the first two series.


Another Spitting Image video that was released in 1988 was a tittle called "Rockin'Ronnie", but did not mention Spitting Image on the box. This special was made exclusively for video and cannot be found anywhere else.


Video 5 was a video that contained the specials "Bumbledown: The Life & Times Of Ronald Reagan" & "The Sound Of Maggie", released in 1989 by Central Video.


Next was a video containing a collection of the music videos from the programme, titled "The Classic Music Video Vol 1". Released in 1991 but never continued to make a second volume. Released under Central Video under The Video Collection ltd (VCI or 2entertain).


A compilation of sketches from 1990 & 1991(series 11-14) were released next titled "Is Nothing Sacred". Released in 1992 under Surprise Video limited.


Two final compilations were made that went straight to video. They produced an 18 rated pornographic Spitting Image entitled "Having It Off", and the very poor "From FA To Fair Play". Unlike the previous releases, the Spitting Image puppets would share the spotlight with human hosts. The special "From FA To Fair Play" was claimed to be Spitting Image at it's worst, as the video seemed to be unfunny and a bad excuse for a football video without the puppets.


A DVD of the complete first series was released by Network DVD on 18 January 2008.[2] Network DVD is a DVD publishing company that specialises in classic British television. ... is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...


Series 2 has just been announced for DVD on 23rd June.


Trivia

  • As there was no recording facility at Central's (previously ATV's) Birmingham Studio 1, the team used Studio 2 - better known as the Crossroads Motel.
  • Many early series were recorded at the former Limehouse Studios in London's Docklands.
  • At the height of its popularity, the series also spun off several public exhibits of puppets and props from the series that were displayed at Covent Garden in London, Bath, and other locations.
  • When a puppet was developed of the broadcaster Chris Evans following his appointment to the Radio 1 breakfast show, he rang the production company asking to be allowed to provide his own voice, promising that he would not interfere with any unflattering scripts. He was refused.
  • Most of the puppet caricatures were later sold online at a special Amazon.com auction hosted by Sotheby's – including a specially made puppet of Osama Bin Laden, which was never used in the series itself.
  • More recently 2DTV, incorporating some of the Spitting Image writing team, satirised celebrities in a very similar style to Spitting Image, but used cartoons rather than puppets.
  • Former producer John Lloyd was in talks with ITV in the spring of 2005 to bring Spitting Image back to the screen, but the attempt failed, reportedly over the cost of its revival and the non-involvement of Roger Law, one of the show's original creators.
  • One song featured a montage showing topless women. Superimposed on the face of one, for only a few frames, was a photograph of TV presenter and political activist Norris McWhirter. McWhirter, who had already sued the Labour Party over its alleged use of subliminal images, sued regulator the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA), claiming the photograph defamed him. His suit was unsuccessful. [3][4].
  • The show had a short-running dispute with the IBA over the use of subliminal images, which are illegal on British television. In meetings the Authority demanded that the producers Central cease using them to which the broadcaster replied in an on-air statement that the only way to prove their use was to record the show and analyse it frame-by-frame. By taping the show Central jokingly claimed it violated their copyright: This was not strictly accurate as ITV companies were bound by their contracts to make available all transmitted material to the Authority upon request.

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Demise

The arrival of Have I Got News for You in 1990 meant that Spitting Image now had a new satirical rival. In an attempt to keep the show up to date, the show's producers changed part of its format, including the addition of animated sketches (from 1994). Have I Got News for You is a British television panel show; produced by Hat Trick Productions for the BBC. It is based loosely on the BBC Radio 4 show The News Quiz, and has been running since 1990. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ...


Most notable was the use of a studio audience for the 1992 Election Special and a couple of 1993 editions. This was for a segment in each of these shows which featured a spoof Question Time, hosted by the latex Jeremy Paxman, and had the actual audience asking the puppets questions. This was noteworthy as the very first episode, on 26 February 1984, had been shown to a studio audience and was aired with a laugh track (the producers, at the time, were unsure whether to use one or not). The idea of using a laugh track was quickly dropped, and the only shows to feature one thereafter were the 1992 Election Special and the two "Question Time" editions. Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


By 1995, however, the series was beginning to tire, and with viewing figures in decline, Spitting Image was cancelled. The final series was aired during January and February 1996. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...


Bo selecta is similar in many ways.Being that they mock celebs.But in a much crewder way.Dead ringers and 2DTV are similar too.


According to Comedy Connections Spitting Image used to get 15m viewers in the late 1980s but by the mid 1990s it went down to just 3.7m.The euro 96 episode seemed a great hit at 5the time it was'nt and it showed every one that it was getting tired and worn out.In 1996 it aired it's last episode. Comedy Connections is a BBC One documentary series produced by BBC Scotland that aired from 2003 to 2007. ...


Recent history

It was announced on 20 February 2006 that ITV would present a documentary about the programme. Best Ever Spitting Image aired on 25 June 2006. Speculation that a new series would follow was initially dismissed [1]. However, recently it was announced that there will indeed be a new series which will air some time early in 2008. The new series will maintain the topicality of the original programme by leaving script editing and production work until very near the air date, but it will feature computer generated caricatures rather than the original puppets (giving the programme a more updated and modern look) [2]. The program will be called "CGI UK". ITV have also been reported as saying this is not a relaunch of Spitting Image, but a new show that uses the same concepts, although former Spitting Image writer Henry Naylor is involved[3]. is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Henry Naylor is a British comedy writer and performer, best known for his work with comedy partner Andy Parsons. ...


In 2005 the 1996 F.A to Fairplay VHS was reissued on DVD. Made specially for Video it provided an alternative look at the 1996 European football championship held in England. For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... Soccer redirects here. ...


Many clips from the popular series started to appear on YouTube. It should be noted that after the February 2006 special, 2 episodes of Spitting image were shown on one of ITV's digital channels, this could mean that copyright is not an actual issue in terms of repeats. It was thought that it was going to return for another re-run in late August 2007 but it was just the first episode. A week later they showed the last. In February 2008, Paramount Comedy 2 started showing regular repeats from 9pm on Tuesday evenings of Spitting Image, with a whole weekend's worth of evenings devoted to the first two series. YouTube is a popular video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips. ...


Writing

The first series was not as vicious with the writing and songs more similar to the tone of established comedy revue shows such as Weekending, and with story arcs more common (bald Thatcher killing the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Andrew turning into a frog, the President's brain escaping). As the Thatcher administration became less popular through 1985 the characterisations became harsher and the show grew in popularity. Despite this, many politicians had an ambivalent attitude to the show, realising that to be caricatured on it was a form of recognition which was perhaps preferable to total obscurity. It was said that while many of those who were viciously lampooned would kill to get off the show, there were others who would kill to get on it. Ultimately, many political figures accepted the show had a purpose and a benefit – Currie, Hattersley and Michael Portillo were among its biggest fans, even though they were frequently treated without kindness by it. Week Ending. ... Michael Denzil Xavier Portillo (born 26 May 1953) is an English journalist, broadcaster, and former Conservative party politician and Cabinet Minister. ...


Staff

Voices:


The voices were provided by prominent British impressionists, including:

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The Spitting Image puppets also appeared in the video for "Land of Confusion" by Genesis, a song which implied that Thatcher and Reagan were about to bring the world to a nuclear war. The video was depicted as a nightmare Reagan was having, which left him completely immersed in sweat from worrying. To this day, if most Americans know of Spitting Image at all, it is due to that Genesis video; however, in an attempt to crack the American market, a feature-length special entitled Spitting Image : Down And Out In The White House was produced in 1986 by Central for NBC. Introduced by David Frost, it departed from the sketch-based format in favour of an overall storyline involving the upcoming (at that time) Presidential election. The show was not very successful with its target audience, possibly because its humour was still very British and it was so irreverent about Ronald Reagan at a time when he was enormously popular with the American public. It did, however, receive great praise from critics and it was followed by two more TV specials, "The Ronnie & Nancy Show" (also satirizing the Reagans) and "The 1987 Movie Awards", satirizing the Academy Awards. The American puppeteers Sid and Marty Krofft later had a degree of success with a vaguely satirical show called D.C. Follies which ran from 1987 to 1989, was clearly inspired by Spitting Image and utilised Muppet-style foam puppets rather than rubbery caricatures, but it didn't come anywhere close to being as savage and vitriolic as Spitting Image. Land of Confusion is a rock song written by the band Genesis for their 1986 album Invisible Touch. ... Genesis is an English rock band formed in 1967. ... This article is about the television network. ... David Frost during an interview with Donald Rumsfeld. ... Sid and Marty Krofft are a sibling team of prolific television producers who were influential in childrens television and variety show programs, particularly throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. ... D.C. Follies was a syndicated situation comedy which aired from 1987-1989 and set in a Washington, D.C. bar, where bartender Fred Willard would welcome puppet caricatures of that days politicians and celebrities. ... John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together The Muppets are a group of puppets and costume characters created by Jim Henson and the company he created. ...


They also released a video with the satirical documentary "Bumbledown: The Life and Times of Ronald Reagan" and a musical based very loosely on West Side Story called "The Sound Of Maggie". This article is about the musical. ...


Argentina: A political satire program called Kanal K was aired by Canal 13 during the early 1990s. The show was (theoretically) cancelled after a serious row with the Catholic Church over Kanal K's puppet of Pope John Paul II saying "va fangulo" (meaning "fuck you" in Italian). Unofficial rumors say that Kanal K was cancelled on behalf of former President Carlos Saúl Menem because the program depicted him in a derisive manner. However, this version was never officially confirmed. Canal 13 is an Argentine television network. ... Coat of Arms of Pope John Paul II. The Letter M is for Mary, the mother of Jesus, to whom he held strong devotion Pope John Paul II (Latin: , Italian: Giovanni Paolo II, Polish: Jan PaweÅ‚ II) born   []; 18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005) reigned as the 264th Pope of... Carlos Saúl Menem (born July 2, 1930) was President of Argentina from 8 July 1989 to 10 December 1999 for the Justicialist Party (Peronist). ...


Australia: Rubbery Figures (Fast Forward Series 1 (1989)) Rubbery Figures was a satirical rubber puppet series that screened in Australia in various forms from 1984 to 1990. ... Fast Forward was an Australian commercial television sketch comedy show that ran for 94 episodes from 12 April 1989 to 26 November 1992. ...


Canada (Quebec): * Et Dieu créa… Laflaque

  • Critics said: « Un des meilleurs shows d'humour 3D Québécois au monde! » One of the best 3-D Quebec comedy shows in the world, « Infiniment plus drôle que Découverte » Infinitely better than Discovery, « Jean Charest est parfait dans son rôle de frisé » Jean Charest is perfect in his role as a gay. C'est en ces termes ditirem... dythyran... ditti... élogieux que les critiques parlent de la populaire émission Et Dieu créa… Laflaque. It was in these terms of philatry...flattyry...phlatery... praise that the critics described that popular show "And God Created ... Laflaque"
  • (Season 3 of the show) Pour cette 3e saison, l'équipe de créateurs derrière Gérard D s'ingéniera à aller plus loin dans son entreprise de déboulonnage des personnalités de notre monde politique. Des nouveaux décors, des intrigues plus audacieuses et des entrevues où nos politiciens rivaliseront d'ingéniosité pour mieux se couvrir de ridicule. For this third season, the team of authors supporting Gérard D will be striving to go further in their aim of deflating figures from our political world. New scenery, more daring plots, and interviews where our politicians will vye with one another to see in covering themselves in ridicule.

Chile: During the 90s, an imitation of the Spitting Image show, called Los Toppins, was aired on the television network Megavision More successful, although oriented to a younger audience was the 31 Minutos show, which aired on TVN. Red Televisiva Megavisión or simply MEGA, is the first private TV channel of Chile. ... 31 Minutos (Spanish: 31 Minutes) is a Chilean television programme which takes the form of a mock news broadcast, and is fronted by puppets who present various items. ... Televisión Nacional de Chile (TVN) is Chiles national television station. ...


Colombia: Los reencauchados (Cenpro Televisión, 1995) Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ...


Czech Republic: Gumaci (TV NOVA) TV Nova is a Czech TV station, founded by Vladimír Železný. It began broadcasting in 1994 as the first privately held nation-wide Czech TV station. ...


France: Le Bébête Show (TF1), Les Guignols de l'info (Canal Plus) Le Bébête Show was a satirical puppet show shown on television. ... TF1 is a private French TV channel, controlled by TF1 Group, whose major share-holder is Bouygues. ... PPD (modeled on Patrick Poivre dArvor) is the resident news anchor of the guignols. ... The title of this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ...


Finland: The Autocrats The Autocrats (Itse valtiaat / Itsevaltiaat) is a Finnish political satire TV series, which takes the viewer behind the scenes of the politics of Finland. ...


Germany: Hurra Deutschland (ARD, RTL 2), Zak (WDR, ARD) Hurra Deutschland (English: Hurrah Germany) was a German satirical series running from 1987 to 1991, appearing regularly on TV. It was easily distinguished because of its use of rubber puppets modelled on politicians and celebrities, who were poked fun of in various sketches. ... Current logo The Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Cooperative association of public-law broadcasting institutions of the Federal Republic of Germany), or simply ARD, is a joint organization of Germanys regional public broadcasting agencies. ... RTL II is a German television network, founded as a second-generation commercial broadcaster in 1993. ... The Westdeutsche Rundfunk (WDR) is a public broadcaster in the German Bundesland North Rhine-Westphalia with its main office is in Köln. ... Current logo The Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Cooperative association of public-law broadcasting institutions of the Federal Republic of Germany), or simply ARD, is a joint organization of Germanys regional public broadcasting agencies. ...


Hungary: Uborka (MTV 1)


Ireland: Bull Island (RTÉ) Bull Island was an Irish television and radio satirical comedy show broadcast on RTÉ One and later on RTÉ Radio 1 from 1999 until 2002. ... Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ; Irish for Radio and Television of Ireland) is the national publicly-funded broadcaster of Ireland. ...


India: Double Take (NDTV) A double-take is a comedy convention in which a character will look at something, but not react to the visual stimulus immediately. ... NDTV (New Delhi Television Limited), founded in 1988, is Indias largest private television production house. ...


Israel: Chartzufim (Channel 2) Chartzufim or HaChartzufim was an Israeli political satire television programme in the vein of Spitting Image. ... Channel 2 (Israel) is an Israeli commercial television channel that started broadcasting in November 4, 1993 under the Second Israeli Broadcasting Authority. ...


Mexico: Hechos de Peluche (TV Azteca) TV Azteca is the second largest Mexican television network. ...


New Zealand: Public Eye - aired in the 1980s and followed the same format as Spitting Image but satirised NZ politicians instead. Facelift (tv show) Facelift is a 1/2 hour multi-visual, topical comedy show produced for New Zealands TV One, by the Gibson Group. ...


Poland: Polskie ZOO (Telewizja Polska) Telewizja Polska Spółka Akcyjna (TVP S.A., Polish Television) is Polands public television network broadcasting corporation. ...


Portugal : Contra Informação (Rádio e Televisão de Portugal) RTP headquarters in Cabo Ruivo, Lisbon. ...


Romania: Animat Planet (Antena 1) Antena 1 is a Romanian television network, and one of the three top networks in the country with a market share of about 20%. It covers most of the country and it was owned by Dan Voiculescu, who is the president of the Conservative Party. ...


Russia: Kookly


Serbia : Nikad Izvini (RTV Pink) RTV Pink is a popular TV network based in Serbia with stations in several nearby countries as well as satellite and specialty channels. ...


Spain: Las noticias del guiñol (Canal Plus), Txokolatex (Euskal Telebista) A guiñol of Michael Robinson, the presenter of the show Las noticias del guiñol (The news of guignol) is a satirical news program that airs on Canal+ in Spain. ... The title of this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ... ETB (also EiTB) is short for Euskal Irrati Telebista (Basque Radio-television), the name of the Basque Countrys public broadcast service. ...


Sweden: Riksorganet (SVT) Sveriges Television (SVT) is a national publicly-funded television broadcaster based in Sweden. ...


United States: There were some attempts to produce a U.S. version of the show, with a 45-minute 'made for market' show by the original Spitting Image team. The plot involved a conspiracy to replace Ronald Reagan with a double (actually actor Dustin Hoffman in disguise). This plan was hatched by the Famous Corporation, a cabal of the ultra-rich headed by Johnny Carson's foil Ed McMahon (in the show, Carson was his ineffectual left-hand man) who met in a secret cavern hollowed out behind the facade of Mount Rushmore. Eventually, their plot foiled, the famous corporation activated their escape pod - Abraham Lincoln's nose - and left Earth for another planet, but (in a homage to the beginning of the Star Wars movies) were destroyed during a collision with 'a nonsensical prologue in gigantic lettering'. The show was successful, attracting great praise from US critics, and a homegrown variant was attempted. D.C. Follies had a passing resemblance to Spitting Image, but owed more to Sesame Street (human participants trying to talk sense to the puppets) and was not considered as funny. See also List of British TV shows remade for the American market. This article is about television in the United States, specifically its history, art, business and government regulation. ... This article is about the series. ... D.C. Follies was a syndicated situation comedy which aired from 1987-1989 and set in a Washington, D.C. bar, where bartender Fred Willard would welcome puppet caricatures of that days politicians and celebrities. ... Many successful British TV shows (particularly sitcoms) have been remade for the American market. ...


References

  1. ^ WVPR (West Virginia Public Radio)/NPR (National Public Radio) broadcast
  2. ^ Spitting Image: The Complete Series 1 (English). Network DVD. Retrieved on 2007-12-07.
  3. ^ "Spitting Image plans TV comeback", The Guardian, Monday May 17, 2004
  4. ^ "Norris McWhirter" obituary, Daily Telegraph, 21st April 2004

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Le Bébête Show was a satirical puppet show shown on television. ... PPD (modeled on Patrick Poivre dArvor) is the resident news anchor of the guignols. ... The Wrong Coast is a Canadian stop-motion animated show which currently airs on Teletoon. ... Grant Naylor is a cult leader and an underground artist, who lives in Sydney Australia. ... Rob Grants novel, Colony. ... Doug Naylor is a British comedy writer who was born in Manchester, England. ... Red dwarfs constitute the majority of all stars According to the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, a red dwarf star is a small and relatively cool star, of the main sequence, either late K or M spectral type. ... The Ten Percenters (also known as The 10%ers) was a British TV comedy series, broadcast on ITV, which began as a pilot in 1993 (shown as part of a season entitled Carlton Playhouse), and was followed by two series which were shown in 1994 and 1996. ... Jasper Carrott OBE (born Robert Davis, March 14, 1945) is an English comedian (declaring himself world famous in Birmingham). // Born in Acocks Green, Birmingham, he was educated at Moseley Grammar School and later attended Aston University in the heart of Birmingham. ... Series title card. ... Son Of Cliché was a comedy sketch show broadcast on BBC Radio 4 between 1983 and 1985 The sketches were written by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, and were performed by Chris Barrie, Nick Maloney and Nick Wilton. ... Wrinkles was a radio comedy series produced and broadcast in the United Kingdom by BBC Radio 4 for two series of six episodes each in 1980 and 1981. ... Dave Hollins: Space Cadet was a sketch on the Radio 4 series Son of Cliche, produced by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor. ... Better Than Life is a major concept in the Red Dwarf canon. ...

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Spitting Image (1025 words)
The premiere of Spitting Image opened with a puppet caricature of Israel's prime minister Menachem Begin wearing a magician's outfit.
Spitting Image was roundly condemned for its lampooning of the Royal family: the Queen was portrayed as a harried housewife, beset by randy, dullard children and screaming grandkids.
Spitting Image, the pilot's title, exhausted the resources of several backers, including computer executive Clive Sinclair, before it was completed at a cost of 150,000 pounds, a record for a light entertainment program.
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The image of spat-upon veterans is the icon through which many people remember the loss of the war, the centerpiece of a betrayal narrative that understands the war to have been lost because of treason on the home front.
Many tellers of the spitting tales identify the culprits as girls, a curious quality to the stories that gives away their gendered subtext.
Debunking them one by one is unlikely to slow their proliferation but, by contesting them where and when we can, we engage the historical record in a way that helps all of us remember that, in the end, soldiers and veterans joined with civilians to stop a war that should have never been fought.
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