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Other members who were parodied include: the sex-obsessed Prince Andrewthe envious and heavily freckled Sarah, Duchess of Yorkthe grumpy Princess Annethe poorly informed Prince Edwardthe Panzer -driving Princess Michael of Kentand the always tipsy Princess Margaret.
Next to his bed were red buttons labelled 'Nuke' and 'Nurse'. His wife Nancy was the butt of cosmetic surgery jokes. Mikhail Gorbachev had his forehead birthmark in the shape of hammer and sickle. All other Russians looked like Leonid Brezhnevoften said "da" "yes" and talked about potatoes. In Russia it was snowing even indoors and the Soviet television had extremely low-tech visual effects.
Yitzhak Shamir often appeared wearing a hard hat with the Star of David on it, holding a brick and referring to building on a 'legitimate Israeli Settlement' referring to the practice of building houses on the West Bank for Israeli people.
Botha was shown as a racist cleverly disguising his views once he had a badge "anti- anti-apartheid ". Adolf Hitler incognito had a house at 9 Downing Street. England manager Bobby Robson was a senile worrier nicknamed 'Rubbisho'. Emlyn Hughes was portrayed with a high pitched and annoying voice. England midfielder Paul Gascoigne appeared, frequently crying — a parody of the World Cup semi-final against West Germany, in which he famously cried after being booked, which would have ruled him out of the final had England won the game.
Ian Botham was a violent drug addict, while Mike Gatting spoke with a high voice. Lester Piggott had to be subtitled. Boxing characters included Frank Bruno with his trademark laugh and catchphrase "where's 'Arry? Snooker player Steve Davis was boring, upset because he had no nickname, but thought himself interesting. News reporters were also depicted: Alastair Burnet was sycophantic towards the Royal Family and with a nose that inflated; Sandy Gall was effeminate, LP) worrying what coat he would wear; John Cole was incomprehensible and had to be dragged off-screen when he talked for too long; Nicholas Witchell was always turning up during a strike to work rather than report; Kate Adie was a thrill-seeker, and BBC Head of Bravery.
Presenters were also seen: Jeremy Paxman appeared as uninterested and self-loving, and Trevor McDonald frequently lamented his lot after being paired with Ronnie Corbett as newscasters, with the latter always getting the punchlines. William Rees-Mogg was portrayed as a censorship-crazy person with eyes that would frequently pop out of the socket. David Coleman had a very loud ear prompter and sometimes did not know what he was commentating on; Frank Bough was portrayed as being a drug user; Bruce Forsyth spoke every sentence as though it was a catchphrase.
Celebrity chef Keith Floyd was always getting drunk on wine, while film critic Barry Norman was not a fan of his puppet, because it had an inexplicable wart on its forehead, which he did not have.
Comedians were satirised: Billy Connolly was portrayed as a jester; Jimmy Tarbuck was said to use old jokes and always take part in the Royal Variety Performance ; Bernard Manning was an obese racist; and Ben Elton was always shown with a microphone.
Writer and MP Jeffrey Archer appeared as an annoying, self-commenting writer whose books were not read by anyone. Kenneth Williams was depicted with a large nose and big teeth, and Harry Secombe was depicted as End Announcement - Spitting Image - Spit In Your Ear (Vinyl religious. Esther Rantzen always had a permanent grin, End Announcement - Spitting Image - Spit In Your Ear (Vinyl, whilst Cilla Black had large teeth and a thick Scouse accent.
A Mick Jagger character seemed perpetually high, and Keith Richards so old and haggard that he thought he was dead. Ringo Starr was a drunkard, and Paul McCartney was always releasing albums and films that flopped. Madonna changed her hair and clothes with every episode, and Michael Jackson 's skin turned lighter. Kylie Minogue was depicted as a vain robot; Luciano Pavarotti was hugely overweight and ate everything he saw; Matt and Luke Goss of the band Bros were depicted as children wanting to grow up.
Actor Dustin Hoffman spoke nasally and was parodied for his method acting ; John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier lamented their friends, and even their own death. Clint Eastwood was frequently portrayed as a badass tough guy, and Sylvester Stallone nearly always appeared dressed up as John Rambo. Ian Paisley was always shouting and dressed in black. Archbishop David Jenkins was depicted as not believing in anything.
Media moguls Robert Maxwell and Rupert Murdoch were also on the show, the latter depicted as an extremely flatulent individual encouraging obscenity in his mass media. Lord Lucan appeared in various background roles often as a bar tender. He can really act, Yeah! He lowered income tax, Yeah! He hates the Warsaw Pact ". The cover of the single featured Reagan as a biker with Nancy riding pillion. The TV version of this song featured in the second ever episode was heavily censored by Central Television on broadcast but presented uncut on vinyl.
Inthe 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, mimicking moronic holiday songs with an annoyingly unforgettable tune and completely nonsensical lyrics. Ina compilation LP "Spit In Your Ear" was produced, featuring some of their sketches over time along with a few of their songs, followed in by "20 Great Golden Gobs", a songs-only collection from the — series.
InLP) Spitting Image team experienced some real musical success when they created the video for " Land of Confusion " by Genesisa song which implied that Thatcher and Reagan were about to bring the world to a nuclear war.
Phil Collins saw a disfigured version of himself on LP) show and contacted the show's producers with the idea to produce the video. Three new puppets were created depicting all members of Genesis including a less exaggerated version of Collinswhich also appear on the sleeve of the 45 and later CD single. The video was depicted as a nightmare Reagan was having, which left him completely immersed in sweat from worrying.
The end of the election featured a young boy, dressed as a city banker, singing "Tomorrow Belongs To Me", a parody of the film Cabaretwhen a member of the Hitler Youth starts singing the same song. In a series 5 episode, Labour leader Neil Kinnock is portrayed singing a self-parody to the tune "My eyes are fully open" from Gilbert and Sullivan 's Ruddigoresupported by members of his shadow cabinet. In one instance Sting was persuaded to sing a re-worded version of " Every Breath You Take ", titled "Every Bomb You Make" series 1, episode 12to 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 bomb you make Every job you take Every heart you break Every Irish wake I'll be watching you 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 reaper appearing in front of a sunset. This version was due to be resurrected by Sting at the Live 8 concert, and the parody lyrics were cleared with their writers Quentin Reynolds and James Glen, but plans were abandoned at the last minute.
The closing music for series 8 episode 3 featured an ensemble of characters performing "We All Hate Jeremy Beadle", in reference to the light entertainment host of that name. Spitting Image launched the careers of and featured many then-unknown British comedians and actors, most notably Hugh DennisSteve Coogan and Harry Enfield.
The programme was first released on video in in a series of three collections, each a compilation of material from the first two series: Spit — With Polish!
All carried a 15 certificate and were reissued inalso as a box LP). The free booklet was written by Stewart Lee and Richard Herring. Made specially for video, it provided an alternative look at the European football championship held in England. The first twelve series including An disc set containing the first 7 series broadcast —89 have been released by Network Distributing under licence by ITV Studiosso far. Series 1—7 individual releases are now deleted.
The show was adapted into a video game: Spitting Image and a comics magazine. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the television series. For other uses, see Spitting Image disambiguation. See also: List of American television series based on British television series and D. Thatcher: Geoffrey, you're a complete imbecile. We can't have a quick war just to win votes! Though, now that you mention it, look into it, will you? Paul B. Comedy portal s portal s portal United Kingdom portal.
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