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Season 1 Episode 1

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Feb 26, 1984 on ITV
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Skits include: The International Terrorist of the Year Awards, presented by Moamar Khaddafi. Chernenko takes over the Politburo after Andropov dies and he himself dies during the countdown to his first TV broadcast. Michael Jackson performs onstage.

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  • Possibly revolutionary in those days...

    7.5
    This pilot episode of a classic British satire seems to have aged less well than seventies Saturday Night Live political skits. We get the whole range of early eighties characters (Reagan, Thatcher, Michael Jackson, Khaddafi, Komeini, ...) but the satire is clearly subservient to the amazing puppetry. (How many shows have a 'foam engineer' in their credits?) And what is a Bob Dylan spoof doing here? I hardly ever smiled, let alone laughed. Perhaps the jokes about these people were new at the time, but now they just perpetuate clichés. Strangely absent from this episode is the British Royal family. They would become a mainstay of the regular series.moreless

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