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Spitting Image 

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

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Peter Fluck, Roger Law
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Steve Nallon ...  Margaret Thatcher / ... 118 episodes, 1984-1996
Kate Robbins Kate Robbins ...  Queen Elizabeth II / ... 90 episodes, 1986-1996
Chris Barrie ...  Neil Kinnock / ... 72 episodes, 1984-1991
Jon Glover ...  Prince Philip / ... 66 episodes, 1984-1994
Steve Coogan ...  John Major / ... 63 episodes, 1988-1993
Roger Blake Roger Blake ...  Prince Philip / ... 61 episodes, 1990-1996
Alistair McGowan ...  Douglas Hurd / ... 49 episodes, 1991-1996
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A satire show using puppets that are charicatures of major public figures.

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Don't buy this. I've got a mate who sells them cheap

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UK

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English

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26 February 1984 (UK) See more »

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Spitting Back See more »

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In the series, John Major is portrayed as having an unrequited crush on fellow Conservative Party colleague Virginia Bottomsley. In real life, John Major did have an affair during his time as Prime Minister, ironically with Conservative MP Edwina Currie. 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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Referenced in Comedy Connections: The New Statesman (2007) See more »

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Best Satire In History
29 September 2004 | by Alex-372See all my reviews

This was a hugely welcomed relief for the pressure of almost two decades of Conservative government worldwide (the Tories in the UK, and the Republicans in the US). Remember that this series started only 5 years before the Berlin Wall fell.

I can only hope and pray that in these times when "news" is just another corporate commodity, someone will revive this series. I keep imagining John Kerry donning a bandana, smearing on the greasepaint and taking an M60 to the Republican team - Dick Cheney trying to scuttle away in vain, Dubya having his satisfied smirk wiped of his face by a 7.62mm round and John Kerry screaming his head off and curling his lip like Johnny Rambo. Is that just me? Or is that a terroristic threat nowadays?

I think an American Spitting Image should be a lot more violent than this British version. But let there be no mistake - the venom in this series was incredibly potent. Margaret Thatcher was a favorite target.

Thatcher sits in a restaurant with the rest of her cabinet (Howe, Tebbit, etc.). The waiter comes over and asks: "Would you like to order meat, ma'am?" Thatcher: "Yes. Rare." Waiter: "Vegetables?" Thatcher, making a broad arm movement to the boys: "Oh, they'll have the same".

Tebbit in jackboots and leather who always salutes Thatcher with "Yes, Leader". Thatcher peeing standing up in the men's room.

Anyway, even if you don't know every detail of the British political scene 20 years ago (neither do I), still get a hold of this gem and see how real political satire is made.

There was a Russian version of Spitting Image that was very popular too.


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