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on 1 July 2010
Considering just how old series one of Spitting Image is now (1984) the bite that this old pup has is quite serious! For what is essentially an old fashioned comedy sketch show (but with puppets) there are some serious messages being brought sharply into focus.
The corruption of the Reagan puppet-government, the insensitivity of the Thatcher government and nonsense that was surrounding the news at the time. No stone goes un-turned and simply put; nothing is sacred.
The only thing letting down Spitting Image is the voice-over artists. There's simply not enough range. That said, the writing is sharp, witty and painfully accurate. If you lived through the eighties, you will still find it hilarious and it certainly hasn't lost it's edge.
The last episode was particularly poignant and even end with Sting actually singing a re-working of 'Every Breath You Take' but about the world leaders and watching 'every bomb you make' etc. Great stuff and I still maintain, fourteen years after this excellent show was axed, a show like this is exactly what the government needs to keep it in check.
Who knows, maybe Labour got it rid of it!
If you think the recent election (May 2010) is as much of a joke as I do, then this DVD and the rest of the series is for you.