A satire show using puppets that are charicatures of major public figures.






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Series cast summary:
 Margaret Thatcher / ... (124 episodes, 1984-1996)
Kate Robbins ...
 Queen Elizabeth II / ... (89 episodes, 1986-1996)
 Neil Kinnock / ... (68 episodes, 1984-1991)
 John Major / ... (65 episodes, 1987-1993)
Roger Blake ...
 Prince Philip / ... (61 episodes, 1990-1996)
Jon Glover ...
 Prince Philip / ... (59 episodes, 1984-1989)


A satire show using puppets that are charicatures of major public figures.

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26 February 1984 (UK)  »

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Spitting Back  »

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David Tennant appears as one of the Humans in the "Some of our Puppets are missing" sketch. See more »


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 »


Referenced in Favouritism: Zippy and George's Puppet Legends (2005) See more »

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This isn't your parents' puppet show
4 January 2003 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

So how did a Yank who has never visited England get addicted to this show? One evening in the 1986, my parents were howling at something with puppets called "The Ronnie and Nancy Show", which was being broadcast on an American network (I forget which) and was never shown again. Although I didn't get all of the jokes (I was eight at the time), I remember laughing at President Reagan putting Slick 50 motor oil in his hair, and falling out of his bedroom window at the show's conclusion. The routine has always stuck with me, but I could never figure out where it came from! Then a few months ago, desperate to see if anyone else had heard about it, I did a keyword search and found out about a British television show called "Spitting Image". Of course; the British have ALWAYS been superior to Americans when it comes to satire on TV, and this show is no different. I purchased some videos of it on Ebay, had them converted to NTSC format, and laughed my head off. Although I could only get about half of the jokes that dealt with British politicians (I guess I need to brush up on history!), this is still one of the best comedy sketch shows I have ever seen, and the puppet format makes it that much better! If you love seeing politicians and celebrities getting attacked with as sharp a sword as possible, then check this show out! A warning though: Some of the routines contain material that is not appropriate for children, as BBC standards are different than American Networks.

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