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 Margaret Thatcher / ... (124 episodes, 1984-1996)
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 Queen Elizabeth II / ... (90 episodes, 1986-1996)
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 Neil Kinnock / ... (68 episodes, 1984-1991)
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A satire show using puppets that are charicatures of major public figures.

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26 February 1984 (UK)  »

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Chris Barrie's dead-on impersonation of Ronald Reagan was so well known, he reprised the role in the 1985 song "Two Tribes" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. See more »

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Brian Walden: [Interviewing Tony Blair] Mr. Blair I put it to you if you were Prime Minister, if you are Prime Minister, what would you do?
Tony Blair: Well under a Labour govermont of course, we would spend money on education, the health service and roads. We will also charge less money for tax and that is what the Labour Party is all about
Brian Walden: A nice decision but how will you pay for it?
Tony Blair: Well it will be a happy society, where pensioners are paid more, benefits are higer and we will be shinny happy people holding hand and ...
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Based on an original lunch by Martin Lambie-Nairn See more »

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Referenced in Red Dwarf: The Doug Naylor Interview (2003) See more »

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Ignore the dreadful 1994/1996 era and you have the best satire series ever made.
20 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

What on earth went wrong? From its start in 1984 through to 1993 this was the best satire series on TV, but when Giles Pilbrow took over as producer in 1994 things went from bad to worse. The witty humor turned into spiteful name-calling and the whole thing adopted a very down-market, tacky feel to it. Though the first 1994 series shows promise to begin with, before long it descends into childish, playground-style sniping at people. Satire is much more effective if it's subtle, but 'subtle' is a word which is obviously missing from Pilbrow's dictionary. By the 1996 (final) series, things were at an all-time low. The comical, imaginative voices were replaced by the same smug, self-satisfied tones which cropped up time and time again, the series seemed to center more on pop groups rather than politicians and public figures and most of the songs had become dire. Though the 1996 series had a few good ideas, rather than humorous sketches there was an insufferably smug voice relating political facts and lists of statistics. More of a documentary than a satire show. This approach also displays a very lazy, interest-lacking attitude.

The older Spitting Image series are unmissable - hilarious, well-made, well-thought-out. But Pilbrow ought to be ashamed for running this great series into the ground. The only good he ever did the show was stopping it in 1996 rather than dragging it to even more ignoble depths.


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