- Spitting Image
show_name = Spitting Image
caption = Spitting Image album cover for "Da Do Run Ron" satirical parody of
Chris Barrie Harry Enfield Jon Glover Louise Gold Steve Nallon Kate Robbins John Sessions
runtime = 30 to 60 minutes
26 February, 1984
18 February, 1996
num_series = 18
num_episodes = 132
producer = Central
"Spitting Image" was a British satirical
puppet showthat ran on the ITVtelevision network from 1984 to 1996. It was produced by Spitting Image Productions for Central. The series was nominated for 10 BAFTA Awards, winning only one (VTR Editing, 1989).
The phrase "spitting image" means "perfect likeness or counterpart". [" [http://www.yourdictionary.com/ahd/s/s0651300.html Dictionary Definition] "] It derives from a British slang expression dating back to at least 1859 as a phrase. The roots of this expression can be traced through British history as far back as the Middle Ages [" [http://www.word-detective.com/052598.html - Discussion on word origin] "] and is shared with the French "C'est son père tout craché" or "He is his father's spit and image".
The puppets, caricaturing public figures often including British and American politicians and celebrities, were designed by the
cartoonists Peter Fluckand Roger Law(who sometimes spoonerised their names as 'Luck and Flaw'). They were assisted by various young caricaturists including David Stoten, Steve Bendelack, Tim Watts, Pablo Bach, Christopher Sharrock(who coined the internal name for the show: "Splitting Headache") and Oscar da Costaand virtually every successful British impressionist of the time. Musical parodies were provided by Philip Pope(former member of "Who Dares Wins" and The Hee Bee Gee Bees) and later Steve Brown (who played the character of bandleader Glen Ponderin " Knowing Me, Knowing You... with Alan Partridge").
The series took several years to be developed. The original idea is credited to graphic designer
Martin Lambie-Nairn, who proposed the idea of a satirical television show featuring puppets to Fluck and Law, two illustrators and sculptors who worked mostly in print media. As none of the three had prior TV experience, they turned to others to actually produce the show. Fluck and Law brought in comedy writer and " National Lampoon" editor Tony Hendra, who they had met previously while working in America. Hendra in turn brought in John Lloyd, producer of the satirical sketch show " Not The Nine O'Clock News". They were joined by Jon Blair, a documentary producer. They then hired (Muppet puppeteer) Louise Gold. The initial development of the show was funded by entrepreneur Clive Sinclair. At the start in 1984 and 1985 the show wasn't doing well in the ratings and nearly got cancelled.
Several of the politicians found their characterisations offensive, although in subsequent interviews many were glad of the attention. Though an appreciation of the programme's humour required more than a passing knowledge of British politics, it aired on the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporationlate on Sunday nights in the late 1980s. The American NBC network aired several prime-time specials adapted from the series in the same period.
As the show progressed, Britain's political landscape altered. Particularly, in the early 1990s, many of the characters who had proven so popular were retired from real-world politics, particularly
Margaret Thatcherand Ronald Reagan, whilst others such as Michael Heseltineand Norman Tebbitbecame much less prominent.
When Thatcher resigned at the end of the 1980s, her successor was her third Chancellor,
John Major. This marked a decline in the show's fortunes. In fact, the writers of the show found John Major so boring, that they decided to invent an affair between him and Virginia Bottomley, a Cabinet Minister. (This was not a million miles from the truth, as it was revealed much later that Major had had an affair with Edwina Curriewho they had considered in the role as John Major's mistress .)
The show ended in 1996, missing Labour's 1997 election victory (though the last ever episode featured a segment entitled "The Last Prophecies of Spitting Image" in which, among other things, The Party moved into Number 10).
Lampooning people in the public eye with the
latexpuppets, the impressionists get the chance to caricature politicians, royals and celebrities alike. These include Former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who was portrayed as a bullying, fascist tyrant and transsexual (she wore suits and used the urinals). She tended to take political advice from Adolf Hitlerwho apparently didn't commit suicide and is now an old man tending to a garden on the roof of Number 9 Downing Street under the alias "Herr Jeremy". Along with Cecil Parkinson, Ronald Reaganand Norman Tebbit, Thatcher seemed to be having a romantic relationship with him.
Along side Thatcher, was Former Deputy Prime Minister William Whitelaw who was portrayed as a zombie, greedy Chancellor
Nigel Lawson, bland and boring Foreign Secretary Geoffrey Howe, Former Home Secretary Douglas Hurd(whose spiralling hairstyle resembled a " Mr Whippy" ice cream), leather-clad "Bovver boy" Norman Tebbit, manic and back-stabber Defence Secretary Michael Heseltinewho also went by the alias of Blondeman, the 'invisible man' Tom King, bumbling Leon Brittan, constantly grinning Norman Fowlerand the discontent Peter Walker, vamp-like Edwina Currie, lecherous Cecil Parkinson, Former Education Secretary Kenneth Bakerwho was portrayed as a slug, Former Channcellor, Norman Lamontwho was portrayed as useless and crap, blink-minded David Waddington, childish Paul Channon, cigarette-craving Nicholas Ridley, John MacGregoralways shown wearing a brown paper bag over his head, strange and emotional John Moore, drunken and fat Health Secretary Kenneth Clarke, in-denial Edward Heath, never-elected David Young, puny Colin Moynihan, camp Harvey Proctor, thoughtless William Waldegrave, vampire Michael Howard, military general Michael Portilloand Enoch Powellwho had campaigned against immigration, shown as black.
When Thatcher resigned at the beginning of the 1990s, her successor was her third Chancellor,
John Major, who was portrayed as a dull, boring and all-grey character who enjoyed nothing better than a nice meal of peas with his wife Norma.
Prior to Thatcher's resignation, John Major had been portrayed as being robotic with a spinning antenna on his head, standing behind Thatcher in the crowd of sycophant cabinet members, eager to repeat whatever insane rambling the Thatcher puppet screeched.
On the other side of the House were, Former Leader of the Labour Party,
Neil Kinnockportrayed as Welsh Windbag and gasbagging, the senile Michael Foot, the actually spitting Former Deputy Leader and Former Shadow Home Secretary Roy Hattersley, Former GLC leader Ken Livingstoneportrayed as hard-left, the small-minded Peter Shore, the big eyebrow Former Chancellor, Denis Healey, Former Prime Ministers Welsh gardener James Callaghan, Yorkshireman Harold Wilson, goofy-glasses Jack Straw, pip-squeak Robin Cookand the Former Shadow Foreign Secretary Gerald Kaufmanportrayed as creepy and psychotic.
When Smith died in 1994, he was replaced by
Tony Blair, who appeared in the last few series as a grinning puppet hypnotised by a Peter Mandelsonsnake and the Deputy Leader, John Prescott.
On the third benches there was short-lived
SDP-Liberal Alliancebefore the merger into Liberal Democratswith the two leaders: election-losing, populist, arrogant and undecided David Owen, complete with whining, bed-wetting David Steelin his pocket. After the Social and Liberal Democrats Party was formed David Steel and David Owen resigned as joint Leaders and were replaced by Paddy Ashdown, whose stance of "equidistance" from the two larger parties was satirised by his frequent appearance at the side of the screen during unrelated sketches, saying: "I am neither in this sketch nor not in it, but somewhere in between".
Another mainstay of "Spitting Image" was the royal family. The Queen wore a
CNDbadge, always seemed ever so slightly mad and picking clothes from rubbish bins, Prince Philip was a blunderbuss-toting buffoon permanently in naval uniform, Prince Charles was a new-age leftist pseudo-hippie, and wife Diana was a publicity-hungry Sloane Ranger. There was also playboy Prince Andrew, horsey Princess Anne, petulant teenager Prince Edward, tipsy Princess Margaret, truffle-snuffling Fergie and senile Queen Mother, who was generally seen with a bottle of Gordons Gin, a copy of the Racing Postand a Beryl Reidvoice; this was a running joke from a sketch in which the Royal Family's desire to conceal her Birminghamaccent was the reason she was very seldom heard speaking on television.
There were other international politicians that Spitting Image satirized like the Former U.S. President
Ronald Reaganwho was portrayed as a bumbling, nuke-obsessed fool with a literally missing brain, and his wife Nancy who was secretly in love with Frank Sinatra. Reagan was assisted by square-headed Edwin Meese, sharkish Caspar Weinberger, George P. Shultz, Donald Regan, idiotic vice-president George H.W. Bush, spaceman Dan Quayle, and a fat, stereotypical Democrat Bill Clintonwho became President after Bush.
Ian Paisley, trouble-making Gerry Adams, François Mitterrand( President of France), Francois' successor nuclear-testing Jacques Chirac, Helmut Kohl, Chancellor of West Germany, Erich HoneckerPresident of East Germany, ancient Konstantin Chernenkowho was General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Unionuntil his timely death after two series, who was succeeded by the hip and swinging Mikhail Gorbachev(President of the then Soviet Union), and the post-Soviet Union Russian president, the drunk Boris Yeltsin, Robert Mugabe(who was Prime Minister of Zimbabwe), P.W. Botha(Then Prime Minister of South Africaafter President of South Africa) who was succeeded by Frederik Willem de Klerk, and the post-apartheid President Nelson Mandela, Idi Amin Dada(Former President of Uganda), Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi(Head of State of Libya), Indira Gandhi( Prime Minister of India), Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini( Supreme Leader of Iran), Saddam Hussein( President of Iraqduring the invasion of Kuwaitwhich led to the Gulf War) and more.
Celebrities puppets included a crying Gazza, boxers
Frank Bruno(with his famous laugh) and Chris Eubank(with his famous lisp), a smarmy, self-loving Jeremy Paxman, ginger Chris Evans, eyebrow raising Sir Roger Moore, stupid Sylvester Stallone, Ted Kennedy, morbidly obese and extremely greedy Luciano Pavarotti, Donald Sinden, Leonard Nimoy(desperate to shake off his Spock image despite the fact he has pointed ears that flapped constantly), Dame Thora Hirdand Alan Bennettsharing a bed and incongruously talking dirty to the outrage of Thora's cat, Sir John Gielgud (who always fell asleep and had to be prodded awake with a stick), powerful but greedy newspaper tycoon Rupert Murdoch, sleazy Saatchi and Saatchi, shouting David Colemanwho would always mess up the sports results, girly-voiced Michael Jackson, ugly Madonna, the Virgin Atlantic Airways billionaire Richard Branson, Paul Danielsand his pet wig, squeaky Dennis Thatcherwho always had a gin and tonicin his hand, crazy Grace Jones, angry Bob Geldof, screaming Bruce Springsteen, bald Elton John, nosey Dustin Hoffman, complaintable Mary Whitehouse, smiley Jack Nicholson, lovable Robert De Niro, nerdy Woody Allen, Tina Turner, lippy Mick Jagger, protesting Bob Dylan, tiny pathetic Mark Thatcher, excited Peter Snowwith his graphs and polls, John Cole (whose rambling reports from outside Parliament often led to an off-screen individual wrapping a walking stickround his neck and yanking him away), horse-faced Bette Midler, weatherman Ian McCaskilland his spectacles which swung up and down as he got more enthusiastic, incomprehensible Lester Piggottwho was always subtitled, pre-puberty Aled Jones, tiny Noel Edmonds, scouser Cilla Black, londoner Barbara Windsor, O. J. Simpson, creepy Vincent Price, Trevor McDonald, countryman David Bowie, servant Johnny Carsonwho get bully by Ed McMahon, unfunny Kenneth Williams, insane newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, extremely old-fashion Jeremy Clarkson, corrupted Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, tough Mr T, Bill Cosby, a dramatic, moody Laurence Olivier, Banjo-playing Pope John Paul II, wheezy, bullying Sir Robin Daywith his large bow tie, manly, musclely but wimpy Arnold Schwarzenegger, fact-distorting David Attenborough, award-accepting Richard Attenborough, foolish, rubbish Andrew Lloyd Webber, annoying, angelic Cliff Richard, the extremist and insane James Anderton, Salman Rushdie, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Kenneth Newman, a hippie Jesus, an extremely controversial Godcharacter who occasionally plugged his new book "Bible II", snookerstar Steve "Interesting" Davis, football raconteur Jimmy Hillwould present the news. Lord Lucan, who disappeared without trace in 1974, would sometimes appear as a waiter or barman. In the documentary show in early 2006looking back on the show, two puppets of Ant and Decwere created especially for the programme.
In earlier episodes, a corrupt and big-headed
Arthur Scargillcaused trouble for the Tories and was shown as ignorant about mining, for example, calling shafts corridors and confusing coal with crispbread.
In 1986, the "Spitting Image" puppets had a number one hit in the UK charts with "
The Chicken Song", parodying "Agadoo" by Black Lace – one of several parodies to have featured in the programme.
The other songs released by "Spitting Image" were "
I've Never Met A Nice South African" (which was on the B-Side of "The Chicken Song" and was a savage indictment of the apartheid-ridden country), "Santa Claus Is On The Dole", "The Atheist Tabernacle Choir", "No More Christmas Singles" and "House Of Commons, Commons Of House". "The Chicken Song" was by far the most successful of all of their music and not-so-subtle references were made to it in subsequent sketches in the show itself. An LP "Spit In Your Ear" was produced, featuring some of their sketches over time along with a few of their songs.
Another song Spitting Image was famous for is the notorious "
We're Scared of Bob" in 1986.
Other musical parodies featured
Michael Jackson, Kylie Minogue, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, The Monkees, Pet Shop Boys, Andrew Ridgely, ZZ Top, Grace Jones, Prince and Barbra Streisand
The end of the 1987 election featured a young boy, dressed as a city banker, singing
Tomorrow Belongs To Me, a parody of the ending of the film Caberet, when a member of the Hitler Youthstarts singing the same song.
In one instance Sting was persuaded to sing a re-worded version of "
Every Breath You Take" to accompany a video showing the Spitting Image puppets of world leaders and political figures of the day, usually with the figure matching the altered lyrics "Every wall you build, Every one you've killed, Every grave you've filled, all the blood you've spilled, I'll be watching you." The video ended with the grim reaperappearing in front of a sunset.
The Chicken Song hit number 1 in the charts for 3 weeks from
17 May 1986– 3 June 1986and VH1 US named it as one of the worst number 1 nominations.
Spitting Image did the music video for "
Land Of Confusion" by Genesis.
In an attempt to keep the show up to date, the show's producers changed part of its format, by reducing amount of politicians, and including the addition of animated sketches, from 1989 and then again from 1994.
Most notable was the use of a studio audience for the 1992 Election Special, and a couple of 1993 editions. This was for a segment in each of these shows which featured a spoof "Question Time", hosted by the latex Jeremy Paxman, and had the actual audience asking the puppets questions.
This was noteworthy as the very first episode, on
26 February 1984, had been shown to an audience and was aired with a laugh track(the producers, at the time, were unsure whether to use one or not). The idea of using a laugh track was quickly dropped, and the only shows to feature one thereafter were the 1992 Election Special and the two "Question Time" editions.
By 1995 however, with viewing figures in decline, "Spitting Image" was cancelled. The final series was aired during January and February 1996.
It was announced on
20 February 2006that ITVwould present a documentary about the programme. "Best Ever Spitting Image" aired on 25 June 2006. Speculation that a new series would follow, was initially dismissed [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4732384.stm] .
In 2005, the 1996
F.A to FairplayVHS was reissued on DVD. Made specially for video, it provided an alternative look at the 1996 European football championship held in England.
In February 2008, Paramount Comedy 2 started showing regular repeats of Spitting Image from 9 p.m. on Tuesday evenings, with a whole weekend's worth of evenings devoted to the first two series.
Video and DVD releases
The programme was first released on video in 1986 with a total of 3 videos ("Spit With Polish", A Floppy Mass Of Blubber" & "Rubber Thingies"). All carried a 15 certificate and were reissued in 1988. The 3 videos were compilations of clips from the first two series.
Another Spitting Image video that was released in 1988 was a title called "Rockin' Ronnie", but did not mention Spitting Image on the box. This special was made exclusively for video and cannot be found anywhere else.
"Video 5" released in 1989 by Central Video, was a video that contained the specials "Bumbledown: The Life & Times Of Ronald Reagan" & "The Sound Of Maggie". Next was a video containing a collection of the music videos from the programme, titled "The Classic Music Video Vol 1", released in 1991, but never continued to make a second volume. Released under Central Video under The Video Collection Ltd. (VCI or 2entertain).
A compilation of sketches from 1990 & 1991 (series 11-14) was released next, titled "Is Nothing Sacred?". Released in 1992 under Surprise Video limited.
A DVD of the complete first series was released by
Network DVDon 18 January, 2008. [cite web|url=http://www.networkdvd.net/product_info.php?products_id=539|title=Spitting
Series 2 was released on DVD on 28 July.
Series 3 is due to be released on 29th September 2008,There is confirmation on the Network DVD site.
*As there was no recording facility at Central's (previously ATV's) Birmingham Studio 1, the team used Studio 2 - better known as the
*Many early series were recorded at the former
Limehouse Studiosin London's Docklands.
*At the height of its popularity, the series also spun off several public exhibits of puppets and props from the series that were displayed at
Covent Gardenin London, Bath, and other locations.
*When a puppet was developed of the broadcaster Chris Evans following his appointment to the Radio 1 breakfast show, he rang the production company asking to be allowed to provide his own voice, promising that he would not interfere with any unflattering scripts. He was refused.
*Most of the puppet
caricatures were later sold online at a special Amazon.comauction hosted by Sotheby's– including a specially made puppet of Osama Bin Laden, which was never used in the series itself.
*More recently "
2DTV", incorporating some of the "Spitting Image" writing team, satirised celebrities in a very similar style to "Spitting Image", but used cartoons rather than puppets.
*Former producer John Lloyd was in talks with ITV in the spring of
2005to bring "Spitting Image" back on the air, but the attempt failed, reportedly over the cost of its revival and the non-involvement of Roger Law, one of the show's original creators.
*One song featured a montage showing topless women. Superimposed on the face of one, for only a few frames, was a photograph of TV presenter and political activist
Norris McWhirter. McWhirter, who had already sued the Labour Party over its alleged use of subliminal images, sued regulator the Independent Broadcasting Authority(IBA), claiming the photograph defamed him. His suit was unsuccessful. [http://media.guardian.co.uk/site/story/0,14173,1217074,00.html "Spitting Image plans TV comeback"] , " The Guardian", Monday May 17, 2004] [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/04/21/db2101.xml&page=2 "Norris McWhirter" obituary] , " Daily Telegraph", 21st April 2004] .
*The show had a short-running dispute with the IBA over the use of subliminal images, which are illegal on British television. In meetings the Authority demanded that the producers Central cease using them to which the broadcaster replied in an on-air statement that the only way to prove their use was to record the show and analyze it frame-by-frame. By taping the show Central "jokingly" claimed it violated their copyright: This was not strictly accurate as ITV companies were bound by their contracts to make available all transmitted material to the Authority upon request.
Voices:The voices were provided by prominent British impressionists, including:
Chris Barrie(Arnold Rimmer in " Red Dwarf") (1984 - 1991)
Roger Blake(plays Duke of Edinburgh/ Jim Roylein " Big Impression") (1991 - 1996)
Rory Bremner(" Bremner, Bird and Fortune")
Phil Cornwell("Dead Ringers") (1993 - 1996)
Steve Coogan(" Alan Partridge") (1988 - 1993)
Jon Culshaw(" Dead Ringers, 2DTV") (1994 - 1996)
Hugh Dennis(" The Mary Whitehouse Experience") (1989 - 1993)(" Mock The Week") (2005 -)
Harry Enfield(1985 - 1991, 1996)
Michael Fenton Stevens("KYTV") (1992 - 1996)
Jon Glover(1984 - 1989)
Louise Gold(1984 - 1986)
Alistair McGowan(1991 - 1996)
Jessica Martin(1985 - 1988)
Steve Nallon(best known as the voice of Margaret Thatcher) (1984 - 1994,1996)
Jan Ravens("Dead Ringers") (1993 - 1996)
*Rob Newman ("
The Mary Whitehouse Experience")
Enn Reitel("Mog") (1984 - 1990)
Kate Robbins(1984 - 1996)
John Sessions(1984 - 1989)
*John Thomson ("
Cold Feet") (1990 - 1996)
Cliff Taylor- "Bumbledown: Lives and Times of Ronald Reagan"
Performers:The puppets were operated or voiced by popular British performers, including:
* Mitch Hiller
Geoff Atkinson(1989 - 1993)
Mark Burton(1989 - 1993)
Kevin Cecil(" The Armando Ianucci Shows") (1993 - 1996)
Paul John Clark- Journalist and Writer ( Rory Bremner, " Kate and Ted's Show", ", Weekending", Hale and Pace)
Richard Curtis(" Blackadder, Four Weddings and a Funeral" etc.) (1984 - 1985)
* Terence Dackombe ("
Weekending, News Huddlines, Friday Night Live, etc.) (1984 - 1989)
Ben Elton(" Blackadder, The Young Ones") (1984 - 1985)
Rob Grant(" Red Dwarf") (1984 - 1986)
Ray Harris(1987 - 1993) (" Babyblair")
Ian Hislop(" Private Eye, Have I Got News For You, My Dad's the Prime Minister") (1984 - 1989)
Will Ing("The Now Show")
David Kind( Hale and Pace)
Doug Naylor(" Red Dwarf") (1984 - 1986)
Henry Naylor(1984 - 1986)
Nick Newman(" Private Eye") (1984 - 1989)
John O'Farrell(author of " Things Can Only Get Better", etc.) (1984 - 1993)
Andy Parsons(1993 - 1996)
Georgia Pritchett(1986 - 1992)
Steve Punt("The Now Show") (1989 - 1993)
Andy Riley("The Armando Ianucci Shows") (1993 - 1996)
Jack Dochertyand Moray Hunter("Absolutely, Mr. Don & Mr. George")
Keith Rees & Paul Lewis
Paul B. Davies
* John Lloyd ("
Blackadder", " Not the Nine O'Clock News") (1984 - 1987)
Geoffrey Perkins(KYTV, later Head of BBC comedy) (1984)
David Tyler(1987 - 1991)
Bill Dare("Dead Ringers") (1992 - 1994)
Giles Pilbrow( 2DTV) (1994 - 1996)
imilar shows elsewhere
The "Spitting Image" puppets also appeared in the video for "
Land of Confusion" by Genesis, a song which implied that Thatcher and Reagan were about to bring the world to a nuclear war. The video was depicted as a nightmare Reagan was having, which left him completely immersed in sweat from worrying. In an attempt to crack the American market, a feature-length special entitled "Spitting Image : Down And Out In The White House" was produced in 1986 by Central for NBC. Introduced by David Frost, it departed from the sketch-based format in favour of an overall storyline involving the upcoming (at that time) Presidential election. The show was not very successful with its target audience, possibly because its humour was still very British and it was so irreverent about Ronald Reagan at a time when he was enormously popular with the American public. It did, however, receive great praise from critics and it was followed by two more TV specials, "The Ronnie & Nancy Show" (also satirizing the Reagans) and "The 1987 Movie Awards", satirizing the Academy Awards. The American puppeteers Sid and Marty Krofftlater had a degree of success with a vaguely satirical show called " D.C. Follies" which ran from 1987 to 1989, was clearly inspired by "Spitting Image" and used Muppet-style foam puppets rather than rubbery caricatures.
They also released a video with the satirical documentary "Bumbledown: The Life and Times of Ronald Reagan" and a musical based very loosely on "
West Side Story" called "The Sound Of Maggie".
Argentina: A political satire program called "
Kanal K" was aired by Canal 13 during the early 1990s. The show was (theoretically) cancelled after a serious row with the Catholic Church over "Kanal K"'s puppet of Pope John Paul IIsaying "va fangulo" (meaning "fuck you" in Italian). Unofficial rumors say that Kanal K was cancelled on behalf of former President Carlos Saúl Menembecause the program depicted him in a derisive manner. However, this version was never officially confirmed.
Rubbery Figures(Fast Forward Series 1 (1989))
Brazil: "Agildo no País das Maravilhas" (
Rede Bandeirantes, 1987- 1989); "Cabaré do Barata" ( Rede Manchete, 1989- 1990)
Canada (Quebec): * [http://www.radio-canada.ca/television/et_dieu_crea_laflaque/ Et Dieu créa… Laflaque]
* Critics said: « Un des meilleurs shows d'humour 3D Québécois au monde! » One of the best 3-D Quebec comedy shows in the world, « Infiniment plus drôle que Découverte » Infinitely better than Discovery, « Jean Charest est parfait dans son rôle de frisé » Jean Charest is perfect in his role as a gay. C'est en ces termes ditirem... dythyran... ditti... élogieux que les critiques parlent de la populaire émission Et Dieu créa… Laflaque. It was in these terms of philatry...flattyry...phlatery... praise that the critics described that popular show "And God Created ... Laflaque"
* (Season 3 of the show) Pour cette 3e saison, l'équipe de créateurs derrière Gérard D s'ingéniera à aller plus loin dans son entreprise de déboulonnage des personnalités de notre monde politique. Des nouveaux décors, des intrigues plus audacieuses et des entrevues où nos politiciens rivaliseront d'ingéniosité pour mieux se couvrir de ridicule. For this third season, the team of authors supporting Gérard D will be striving to go further in their aim of deflating figures from our political world. New scenery, more daring plots, and interviews where our politicians will vye with one another to see in covering themselves in ridicule.
Chile: During the 90s, an imitation of the Spitting Image show, called "
Los Toppins", was aired on the television network MegavisionMore successful, although oriented to a younger audience was the " 31 Minutos" show, which aired on TVN.
Los reencauchados( Cenpro Televisión, 1995)
Gumaci( TV NOVA)
Le Bébête Show" ( TF1), " Les Guignols de l'info" ( Canal Plus)
Hurra Deutschland(ARD, RTL 2), Zak ( WDR, ARD)
Greece: "ΦΤΥΣΤΟΥΣ" with
George Mitsikostas, ( SKAI TV)
Ireland: Bull Island (
Double Take( NDTV)
Hechos de Peluche( TV Azteca)
New Zealand: Public Eye - aired in the 1980s and followed the same format as "Spitting Image" but satirised NZ politicians instead.
Facelift (tv show)
Polskie ZOO( Telewizja Polska)
Contra Informação( Rádio e Televisão de Portugal)
Animat Planet(Antena 1)
Nikad Izvini( RTV Pink)
Las noticias del guiñol( Canal Plus), Txokolatex( Euskal Telebista)
United States: There were some attempts to produce a U.S. version of the show, with a 45-minute 'made for market' show by the original Spitting Image team. The plot involved a conspiracy to replace Ronald Reagan with a double (actually actor Dustin Hoffman in disguise). This plan was hatched by the Famous Corporation, a cabal of the ultra-rich headed by Johnny Carson's foil Ed McMahon (in the show, Carson was his ineffectual left-hand man) who met in a secret cavern hollowed out behind the facade of Mount Rushmore. Eventually, their plot foiled, the famous corporation activated their escape pod - Abraham Lincoln's nose - and left Earth for another planet, but (in a homage to the beginning of the
Star Warsmovies) were destroyed during a collision with 'a nonsensical prologue in gigantic lettering'. The show was successful, attracting great praise from US critics, and a homegrown variant was attempted. " D.C. Follies" had a passing resemblance to "Spitting Image", but owed more to Sesame Street (human participants trying to talk sense to the puppets) and was not considered as funny. See also List of British TV shows remade for the American market.
* Bulgaria- Talking Heads (TV7)
* [http://www.itv.com/BestofITV/comedy/SpittingImage/default.html Spitting Image v. Headcases]
* [http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/S/htmlS/spittingimag/spittingimag.htm Encyclopedia of Television]
* [http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/521377/index.html British Film Institute Screen Online]
* [http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/series/13460 Spitting Image @ The BFI]
* [http://www.tvfetish.net/TVGold/Comedy/Satire/Spitting Spitting Image at Comedy Central]
Le Bébête Show
Les Guignols de l'info
The Wrong Coast
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.