The hilarious satirical puppet show continues. Reagan has now been replaced by George Bush Snr and Maggie Thatcher has become a red-eyed psychotic. Along with the sketches concerning politics, showbiz and the media there is also Dan Quayle In Space, in which Bush and his advisors realise the only useful thing to do with vice-president Quayle is to get rid of him. This episodic mini-series, an episode in each episode of the show, is something would become a mainstay of the programme in the following few years. There are also satire versions of stop-motion kids shows such as Trumpton and the Magic Roundabout (in this case it's the magic orbital road, a reference to the M25). Though the names and faces of politicians are different, it's amazing how many of the issues dealt with here are still relavent today. Satire at its best.
My 4-star rating is due to the DVD, not the show itself. If this really had been the complete Series 6 I would have given it the full five stars without question. What really angered and disappointed me was the removal of "We've Ruined The World", a brilliant and moving take-off of Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World". When I first saw it on TV, it was one of the few instances when Spitting Image has actually made he cry. I can't believe the DVD company thought it was too depressing to be included on this release. Spitting Image has always had its more sombre moments, such as "Every Bomb You Make", "Walk On By" and "You Need Arms". I hope this butchering of episodes isn't going to become a habit (the BBC seem to like doing this this sort of thing, completely ruined two DVD releases of Only Fools and Horses extra-long specials, but I expected better of other DVD companies).
Still, the episodes on this DVD are otherwise well worth buying.