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Arena,Whatever Happened to Spitting Image?

 
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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 2:20 pm    Post subject: Arena,Whatever Happened to Spitting Image? Reply with quote

On BBC 4 Thursday at 9

A must see for me ... I used to love this and wish they would bring it back!

Reuniting the founding creative team, this documentary tells the vexed and frequently hilarious story of the genesis of the satirical puppet show Spitting Image, with exclusive contributions from caricaturists Peter Fluck and Roger Law and TV producer John Lloyd.
Spanning the early years of Margaret Thatcher's government to the end of John Major's, Spitting Image puppets became almost as famous as the politicians they lampooned. In 2000, the puppets were auctioned off at Sotheby's and in the course of the programme the team sets out to discover where they now reside and who is taking care of them in their old age.
Revealing the extraordinary technical achievement of the series, Arena meets the caricaturists, puppet-mould makers, designers, puppeteers, impressionists, writers and directors who worked tirelessly to ensure the show landed its weekly jibes and punches at the politicians, royals and celebrities of the day.
Tracing its journey to our televisions screens through 12 years of huge audience figures and weekly controversy to its eventual demise, the film asks what Spitting Image got right, where it went wrong and whether its absence since 1996 has left a hole in the schedules that has yet to be filled by modern broadcasting.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03yg3yn
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Angela W



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A must see for me too, I loved it. I wonder if any are available on DVD?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Angela W wrote:
A must see for me too, I loved it. I wonder if any are available on DVD?

The first 10 series are available from Network DVD:
http://networkonair.com/shop/95-comedy
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Angela W



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian Robinson wrote:
Angela W wrote:
A must see for me too, I loved it. I wonder if any are available on DVD?

The first 10 series are available from Network DVD:
http://networkonair.com/shop/95-comedy


Thank you Ian, I will be ordering some in the very near future. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems all the joy of these programmes was enjoyed by us,the viewers, as it all sounded like a hard slog for anyone working on it!

The scenes they showed still had me laughing out loud ...didn't matter they were years out of date! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 10:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Arena,Whatever Happened to Spitting Image? Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:
....the film asks what Spitting Image got right, where it went wrong and whether its absence since 1996 has left a hole in the schedules that has yet to be filled by modern broadcasting.


It will no longer happen because the broadcasters have lost their bottle. The BBC is running scared of the politicians who hold the purse strings (and those in government who want to see the BBC abolished as a payback for the hassle it caused their predecessors during the 1960s) and the commercial channels who are now in hock 100% to the advertising agencies whose clients will not approve of anything that has a negative impact on their clients' commercials or sponsorship package contracts.

There's no place for programming that challenges the establishment today!
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Shaky Fan



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've actually just received these on DVD. There are a couple of sellers on Ebay doing Series 1 to 10 for around 33. This consists of the Series 1 to 7 complete box set and the individual series 8, 9 and 10,
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