Spitting Image

ITV (ended 1996)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 12 : Ep 7


    Aired 2/18/96

  • S 12 : Ep 6


    Aired 2/11/96

  • S 12 : Ep 5


    Aired 2/11/96

  • S 12 : Ep 4


    Aired 2/4/96

  • S 12 : Ep 3


    Aired 1/28/96

  • Cast & Crew
  • Steve Coogan

    Various Voices

  • John Sessions

    Various Voices

  • Alistair McGowan

    Various Voices

  • John Thomson (I)

    Various Voices

  • Harry Enfield

    Various Voices

  • show Description
  • In Spitting Image, famous characters in British and international life were re-created in the form of latex puppets, which - in the manner of newspaper political cartoons - grossly exaggerated that person's most obvious facial or personality characteristic. Given voices by top-line impressionists and vocal caricaturists including the most popular comics of the era, the puppets were manipulated by a team of skilled handlers to act out the quantity of wickedly witty sketches that comprised each edition of the show.moreless

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  • francklloyd

    User Score: 108


  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Mary Whitehouse: Hello, I'm Mary Whitehouse. I didn't actually see Spitting Image last week, but it was disgusting!

    • Queen: Why, Mrs Tatcher, do sit down. Do stand up! Do sit down. Do stand up! Mrs Tatcher: (tired of getting up and down) Is this protocol, Ma'am? Queen: No, but it's fun.

    • Margaret Thatcher: My wig must be able to withstand nuclear attack. Imagine what it would do for morale if the bomb dropped and next time I appear on Panorama I'm as bald as a coot?

    • Prince Andrew: How many letters did you get? Prince Charles: One. Prince Andrew: Sorry. How many did one get? Prince Charles: No, I mean, one only got one.

    • Prince Charles: Let me say I was wrong when I stated that people with nothing to do all day turn to crime. After all, I didn't.

    • Margaret Thatcher: There are many ways people can help themselves without becoming a burden on the state. For example, if the unemployed are hungry, why don't they eat their own bodies? All that good meat going to waste? It makes me mad.

    • David Attenborough: There are, in fact, only three types of fish: cod, whale and scampi. I made up all the rest.

    • Sir Leon Britain: Ha, Newman, the new bulletproof vest failed its test, then? Sir Kenneth Newman: (standing over a dead body) Well, he wouldn't button it and so I shot him in the head.

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    Notes (8)

    • Writer - Terence Dackombe

    • Writer - Terence Dackombe

    • As this episode ends with a Japanese sketch, the credits list all the cast and crew with the "Japanese pronunciation" of their names. The letters "r" and "l" are switched around.

    • Denis Healy plays himself and interacts with the puppets. There is no explanation why he doesn't appear as a puppet.

    • The show is introduced as the last ever episode, though there were more seasons to come. The final credits list everyone involved in alphabetic order, without any mention of their job.

    • Originally broadcast in the US as a two-part special on NBC.

    • Originally aired in the United States on January 14, 1987 on NBC.

    • 105 minute broadcast.

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    Trivia (1)

    • This episode has a brief live nude shot.

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • How did this not get a higher rating?

    By yazubair, Feb 03, 2006

  • Hilarious and ingenious, and yet so challenging to make.

    By HNTV, Sep 06, 2005

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