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It's been a whopping 30 years since Spitting Image first hit our screens on ITV in 1984. The satirical puppet show quickly became one of the most-watched shows of the 1980s and early 1990s.
I wasn't able to fully appreciate the series when it was first on TV. When I watched it in the early '90s as a child, I found it funny mainly because of the silly puppets, even if I didn't quite understand what was going on. But in retrospective viewings, it still holds up as a genuinely hilarious satire of politics, entertainment, sport and general UK culture of the era.
It's quite incredible to think that Spitting Image hasn't been on air since 1996. To put that into perspective, the Spice Girls had only just been unleashed, Tony Blair hadn't been elected yet, and Lorde had only just been born.
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The Cartoon Museum has announced its Spitting Image - From Start to Finish exhibition.
Arriving later in February, it will mark the 30th anniversary of the launch of the satirical television show.
"All your favourite characters, from the programme created by Roger Law, Peter Fluck and John Lloyd, will be under one roof - these include Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Richard Branson, Michael Jackson and the odd Royal Family face," said the museum.
It will explore the collaboration between creators Fluck and Law - including their previous work for National Lampoon and Der Spiegle - with a collection of sketches and photographs.
Spitting Image - From Start to Finish will launch on February 26 (30 years to the day of the first episode's debut) and end »
Award-winning animation to hit UK cinemas in August.
Directed by Juan José Campanella, the film was Argentina’s highest grossing film of 2013 and follows the adventures of Amadeo and his table football team who magically come to life.
“The casting of Rupert and Rob was inspired and was my perfect cast. I loved Rupert’s work in Harry Potter and I knew he would bring an honesty and intelligence to the part of Amadeo,” commented The Secret in their Eyes director.
Rupert Preston of Vertigo added: “We are incredibly excited to be working with such a talented film-maker as [link »
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He managed to win over Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood with his pizza in the signature bake round, his second-placed Eccles cakes in the technical challenge, and his Hawkeye Victoria sponge in the showstopper part of the competition.
"Alistair won because he triumphed with his sponge today," Berry explained. "It was absolutely delicious. He should be proud."
Humes - who impressed with her pizza and showstopper but had a disaster in the technical challenge after mixing up salt and sugar - said she was "really proud" to get through the competition with no tears, commenting: "I had a really good time."
Elsewhere, Skelton joked that it was nice to take part in a »
We're feeling a little sad. The Great Sport Relief Bake Off has only just come into our lives, and now it's off again - far too fleeting for our tastes. Still, before it said goodbye, we were treated to one last slice of delicious action, courtesy of Alistair McGowan, Doon Mackichan, Helen Skelton and Rochelle Humes. And there were plenty of sweet - and sour - moments. Read on to find out our favourite bits from the episode...
The Signature Challenge - Pizza
Making enough pizza to feed a family, with whatever toppings you like. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, er, no. Paul is already talking about how his 11-year-old makes great pizza, but he is Paul Hollywood's son, so he has kind of an unfair advantage. Our celebrities do not have that kind of baking gene. Things mostly go quite well to start with, though Doon soon starts seeking reassurance about her dough. »
Four celebrities have signed up to take part in the final episode of The Great Sport Relief Bake Off tonight.
The special episode will be hosted by Ed Byrne, who previously took part in the Comic Relief edition of the show.
The competition will kick off straight away as the four famous faces are asked to whip up a pizza and make some tasty Eccles cakes.
However, things will get really tough when it comes to the showstoppers, as the celebrities will have to make a tiered cake that represents sporting equipment.
The competition will come to a close as one talented celebrity will be crowned Sport Relief Star Baker.
Meanwhile, there will be more footage from Olympian Nicola Adams, »
The hopefuls will be seen in four programmes for BBC2's The Great Sport Relief Bake Off to be screened later this month, with four participating each night.
Cyclist Pendleton's fellow Olympian Greg Rutherford is also in the series along with her 2012 Strictly Come Dancing competitor Michael Vaughan, under the watchful eyes of judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.
Others taking part are Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner, Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young, Saturdays singer Rochelle Humes, singers Michael Ball and Jamelia, actors Doon Mackichan, Samantha Bond and Bonnie Wright, who played Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films, writer and broadcaster Emma Freud, Johnny Vaughan, and Helen Skelton, the former Blue Peter presenter. »
- Alistair McGowan
Impressionist Alistair McGowan, singer Michael Ball and Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner will also take part in the four-part BBC Two series, which will air every night from Monday, January 13 to Thursday, January 16.
For the first time, a number of guest presenters will also step into the tent to host the series, which is in aid of Sport Relief. As well as regular presenter Sue Perkins, comedians Omid Djalili, Ed Byrne and Jo Brand are to each host one episode.
8 items from 2014
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