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5.0 out of 5 stars A golden age of satire., 2 Aug 2010
This review is from: Spitting Image - Series 1-7 - Complete [DVD] [1984] (DVD)
This show was one of the great ages of satire, a kind of political grown-up version of the Muppets. Politicians, film stars, singers, the Royal Family and many others in the public eye are represented here in latex puppet form. Included are a terrifying Thatcher, a terminally confused Reagan, a leather-clad Norman Tebbit, a Tory cabinet full of the likes of sex-mad Cecil Parkinson, self-obsessed Jeffrey Archer, creepy Norman Fowler and bumbling Nigel Lawson. The Labour party also make regular appearances with Neil "the windbag" Kinnock and a spitting Roy Hattersley. There's also the Two Davids (Owen and Steel). As well as the puppets there are stop-motion sequences, including send-ups of things like Trumpton and take-offs of well-known fairy tales.

The show is written, vocalised and produced by some of the most talented people on British television (just look at the end credits of any of these episodes. It's like "spot the person who's now famous"). Harry Enfield, Ben Elton, Rory Bremner, Grant & Naylor, Ian Hislop, Chris Barrie and many others all helped make this show a success. The politicians in these 1980s series may have changed, but so many of the jokes are still relevant today. This box set features all the Spitting Image TV episodes from 1984 to 1989. There's no sign of the specials, but this set is still an absolute goldmine of satire and well worth the money.
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