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 Margaret Thatcher / ... (126 episodes, 1984-1996)
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 Queen Elizabeth II / ... (90 episodes, 1986-1996)
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 Neil Kinnock / ... (70 episodes, 1984-1991)
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 Douglas Hurd / ... (65 episodes, 1987-1993)
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 Prince Philip / ... (59 episodes, 1984-1989)
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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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One of the generic puppets used as an extra in many scenes was a Lord Lucan look-alike. He would often appear as a waiter, barman or just in the background of many sketches in foreign settings. The real Lord Lucan Vanished without trace in 1974 on suspicion of murdering the family nanny and there had been numerous unsubstantiated sightings of him published in the press for years afterwards. See more »

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Waitress: [Thatcher is dining out with her Cabinet] Would you like to order, Sir?
Margaret Thatcher: Steak, please.
Waitress: How would you like it?
Margaret Thatcher: Raw
Waitress: And what about the vegetables?
Margaret Thatcher: Oh? They'll have the same as me...
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Based on an original lunch by Martin Lambie-Nairn 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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