Spitting Image

Spitting Image Series
Premiere: 1975
Network: Itv
Sessons: 12
Full Episodes: 140
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Spitting Image was a satirical puppet show that ran on Britain's ITV television network from 1984 to 1996. The programme was produced by Spitting Image Productions for Central. The puppets, caricaturing public figures often including British and American politicians and celebrities, were designed by the cartoonists Peter Fluck and 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 fo r the show: "Splitting Headache") and Oscar da Costa and virtually every successful British impressionist of the time. Musical parodies were provided by Philip Pope, and later Steve Brown. The first series was not as vicious with the writing and songs more similar to the tone of established comedy revue shows such as Weekending. As the Thatcher administration became less popular through 1985 the characterisations became harsher and the show grew in popularity. Despite this, many politicians had an ambivalent attitude to the show, realising that to be caricatured on it was a form of recognition which was perhaps preferable to total obscurity. It was said that while many of those who were viciously lampooned would kill to get off the show, there were others who would kill to get on it. Ultimately, many political figures accepted the show had a purpose and a benefit ““ Currie, Hattersley and Michael Portillo were among its biggest fans, even though they were frequently treated without kindness by it. 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. They 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. To this day, if most Americans know of Spitting Image at all, it is due to that Genesis video; however, 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. It was not 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. The American puppeteers Sid and Marty Krofft later had a degree of success with a vaguely satirical show called DC Follies which ran from 1987 to 1989, was clearly inspired by Spitting Image and utilised Muppet-style foam puppets rather than rubbery caricatures, but it didn't come anywhere close to being as savage and vitriolic as Spitting Image. Former producer John Lloyd was in talks with ITV in the spring of 2005 to bring Spitting Image back to the screen, 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. more less
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Last Episode, 18 February 1996: Season 12, Episode 7: #132
  • Episode Guide
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Date Aired Spitting Image Episodes
Season 1
26 February 1984 Season 1, Episode 1: 1
04 March 1984 Season 1, Episode 2: 2
11 March 1984 Season 1, Episode 3: 3
18 March 1984 Season 1, Episode 4: 4
08 April 1984 Season 1, Episode 5: 5
15 April 1984 Season 1, Episode 6: 6
13 May 1984 Season 1, Episode 7: 7
20 May 1984 Season 1, Episode 8: 8
27 May 1984 Season 1, Episode 9: 9
03 June 1984 Season 1, Episode 10: 10
10 June 1984 Season 1, Episode 11: 11
17 June 1984 Season 1, Episode 12: 12
Season 2
06 January 1985 Season 2, Episode 1: 13
13 January 1985 Season 2, Episode 2: 14
20 January 1985 Season 2, Episode 3: 15
27 January 1985 Season 2, Episode 4: 16
03 February 1985 Season 2, Episode 5: 17
10 February 1985 Season 2, Episode 6: 18
17 February 1985 Season 2, Episode 7: 19
24 February 1985 Season 2, Episode 8: 20
03 March 1985 Season 2, Episode 9: 21
10 March 1985 Season 2, Episode 10: 22
24 March 1985 Season 2, Episode 11: 23
Season 3
05 January 1986 Season 3, Episode 1: 24
12 January 1986 Season 3, Episode 2: 25
19 January 1986 Season 3, Episode 3: 26
26 January 1986 Season 3, Episode 4: 27
02 February 1986 Season 3, Episode 5: 28
09 February 1986 Season 3, Episode 6: 29
30 March 1986 Season 3, Episode 7: 30
06 April 1986 Season 3, Episode 8: 31
13 April 1986 Season 3, Episode 9: #32
20 April 1986 Season 3, Episode 10: #33
27 April 1986 Season 3, Episode 11: 34
04 May 1986 Season 3, Episode 12: 35
28 September 1986 Season 3, Episode 13: 36
14 September 1986 Season 3, Episode 14: Down And Out In The White House
05 October 1986 Season 3, Episode 15: 38
12 October 1986 Season 3, Episode 16: 39
19 October 1986 Season 3, Episode 17: 40
26 October 1986 Season 3, Episode 18: 41
02 November 1986 Season 3, Episode 19: 42
04 April 1987 Season 3, Episode 20: The Spitting Image 1987 Movie Awards
11 June 1987 Season 3, Episode 21: The Spitting Image Election Special
Season 4
01 November 1987 Season 4, Episode 1: 45
08 November 1987 Season 4, Episode 2: 46
15 November 1987 Season 4, Episode 3: 47
22 November 1987 Season 4, Episode 4: 48
29 November 1987 Season 4, Episode 5: 49
06 December 1987 Season 4, Episode 6: 50
27 December 1987 Season 4, Episode 7: A Non-Denominational Spitting Image Holiday Special
17 April 1988 Season 4, Episode 8: The Ronnie And Nancy Show
29 October 1988 Season 4, Episode 9: Bumbledown - The Life And Times Of Ronald Reagan
Season 5
06 November 1988 Season 5, Episode 1: 54
13 November 1988 Season 5, Episode 2: 55
20 November 1988 Season 5, Episode 3: 56
27 November 1988 Season 5, Episode 4: 57
04 December 1988 Season 5, Episode 5: 58
11 December 1988 Season 5, Episode 6: 59
06 May 1989 Season 5, Episode 7: The Sound Of Maggie!
Season 6
11 June 1989 Season 6, Episode 1: 61
18 June 1989 Season 6, Episode 2: 62
25 June 1989 Season 6, Episode 3: 63
02 July 1989 Season 6, Episode 4: 64
09 July 1989 Season 6, Episode 5: 65
12 November 1989 Season 6, Episode 6: 66
19 November 1989 Season 6, Episode 7: 67
26 November 1989 Season 6, Episode 8: 68
03 December 1989 Season 6, Episode 9: 69
10 December 1989 Season 6, Episode 10: 70
17 December 1989 Season 6, Episode 11: 71
Season 7
13 May 1990 Season 7, Episode 1: #65
20 May 1990 Season 7, Episode 2: #66
27 May 1990 Season 7, Episode 3: #67
03 June 1990 Season 7, Episode 4: #68
10 June 1990 Season 7, Episode 5: #69
24 June 1990 Season 7, Episode 6: #70
11 November 1990 Season 7, Episode 7: #71
18 November 1990 Season 7, Episode 8: #72
25 November 1990 Season 7, Episode 9: #73
02 December 1990 Season 7, Episode 10: #74
Season 8
14 April 1991 Season 8, Episode 1: #77
21 April 1991 Season 8, Episode 2: #78
28 April 1991 Season 8, Episode 3: #79
05 May 1991 Season 8, Episode 4: #80
12 May 1991 Season 8, Episode 5: #81
19 May 1991 Season 8, Episode 6: #82
10 November 1991 Season 8, Episode 7: #83
17 November 1991 Season 8, Episode 8: #84
24 November 1991 Season 8, Episode 9: #85
01 December 1991 Season 8, Episode 10: #86
08 December 1991 Season 8, Episode 11: #87
15 December 1991 Season 8, Episode 12: #88
08 April 1992 Season 8, Episode 13: Spitting Image Election Special
Season 9
12 April 1992 Season 9, Episode 1: #89
19 April 1992 Season 9, Episode 2: #90
26 April 1992 Season 9, Episode 3: #91
03 May 1992 Season 9, Episode 4: #92
10 May 1992 Season 9, Episode 5: #93
17 May 1992 Season 9, Episode 6: #94
04 October 1992 Season 9, Episode 7: #95
11 October 1992 Season 9, Episode 8: #96
18 October 1992 Season 9, Episode 9: #97
25 October 1992 Season 9, Episode 10: #98
01 November 1992 Season 9, Episode 11: #99
08 November 1992 Season 9, Episode 12: #100
Season 10
16 May 1993 Season 10, Episode 1: #101
23 May 1993 Season 10, Episode 2: #102
30 May 1993 Season 10, Episode 3: #103
06 June 1993 Season 10, Episode 4: #104
13 June 1993 Season 10, Episode 5: #105
20 June 1993 Season 10, Episode 6: #106
07 November 1993 Season 10, Episode 7: #107
14 November 1993 Season 10, Episode 8: #108
21 November 1993 Season 10, Episode 9: #109
28 November 1993 Season 10, Episode 10: #110
05 December 1993 Season 10, Episode 11: #111
12 December 1993 Season 10, Episode 12: #112
26 December 1993 Season 10, Episode 13: Spitting Image Pantomime
Season 11
01 May 1994 Season 11, Episode 1: #113
08 May 1994 Season 11, Episode 2: #114
15 May 1994 Season 11, Episode 3: #115
22 May 1994 Season 11, Episode 4: #116
29 May 1994 Season 11, Episode 5: #117
05 June 1994 Season 11, Episode 6: #118
06 November 1994 Season 11, Episode 7: #119
13 November 1994 Season 11, Episode 8: #120
20 November 1994 Season 11, Episode 9: #121
27 November 1994 Season 11, Episode 10: #122
04 December 1994 Season 11, Episode 11: #123
11 December 1994 Season 11, Episode 12: #124
18 December 1994 Season 11, Episode 13: #125
01 January 1995 Season 11, Episode 14: Ye Olde Spittinge Image
Season 12
14 January 1996 Season 12, Episode 1: #126
21 January 1996 Season 12, Episode 2: #127
28 January 1996 Season 12, Episode 3: #128
04 February 1996 Season 12, Episode 4: #129
11 February 1996 Season 12, Episode 5: #130
11 February 1996 Season 12, Episode 6: #131
18 February 1996 Season 12, Episode 7: #132