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Spitting Image to return on BritBox

NT
Night Thoughts London London
The whole series has been very hit and miss, the political sketches they’ve got absolutely spot on, but some of the celeb ones are weaker. But I thought this week’s episode was the weakest so far.


...and it never really got much better after that, unfortunately.

The last two episodes were very weak. It started out as hit and miss, and started to miss more and more. The biggest weakness seems to have been the need to sell it internationally - some of the US-focused sketches translate poorly, and the obsession with Jacinda Arden just looks a bit odd.

I guess it'll be different for everybody - your politics and whether you remember the original series (and if so, how old you were then) will colour your view, popular culture is very different and many years have passed - but for me it lacked the quick-fire pace of the original, seemed to suffer from a reliance on too few puppets, and just seemed sour in parts, harsher on celebrities rather than politicians.

The problem for Britbox is that it released a load of "best of" episodes (with pointless 80s celeb/politician introductions), so you can have a go at comparing old with new. While parts of the old episodes do jar by modern standards, the new stuff definitely doesn't come off as well.

The first 10 series are now on Britbox too - from the early (ropey) episodes with a studio audience up to 1991, so missing its 90s decline. Well worth watching the start of series nine, when Margaret Thatcher resigned between episodes two and three, 30 years ago. I can't imagine the new series being brave enough to do the oddly poignant sketch right at the end of episode two with a friendless Thatcher crying in a deserted House of Commons.
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Larry the Loafer Granada North West Today
I found it started to decline after the election special. As mentioned earlier on, the celebrity sketches don't really work all that well, and they seem to rely on them more than the politicians. Targets like Elon Musk and Billie Eilish just seem like such unusual choices, and I don't really understand why Elton John has been so prominent. Jürgen Klopp was a personal favourite though, his relentless positivity was a joy to watch.
NT
Night Thoughts London London
I found it started to decline after the election special. As mentioned earlier on, the celebrity sketches don't really work all that well, and they seem to rely on them more than the politicians. Targets like Elon Musk and Billie Eilish just seem like such unusual choices, and I don't really understand why Elton John has been so prominent. Jürgen Klopp was a personal favourite though, his relentless positivity was a joy to watch.


Yes, perhaps the effort of two US election specials (and saving good bits for ITV) didn't help. Musk and Eilish are at least globally known, but if you were trying to recreate the impact of the original you'd be going for a load of British TV faces.

Their Klopp was great, he was a gift to them. Though even then, the gag seemed to stretch on a bit too long.
LL
London Lite Founding member London London
There are subtle touches they could do for series 2 that would help. Bring back the heritage theme, considering Britbox's content is largely back catalogue, bringing back that theme would help.

The content should be 60/40 politics with a UK skew. Spitting Image in the past always featured world leaders, but always seen from a British perspective.

Jürgen Klopp was my favourite of the non political characters too along with Corony.
JO
Jonwo
Corony is going to be out of a job by this time next year.
VM
VMPhil Granada North West Today
Did anyone else find it was weird they brought back Margaret Thatcher on the episode they showed on ITV? Felt a little like they were living off past glories.
NT
Night Thoughts London London
Did anyone else find it was weird they brought back Margaret Thatcher on the episode they showed on ITV? Felt a little like they were living off past glories.


I expect they wanted a bit of continuity with the old series considering that - royals aside - it's a completely new cast (can't recall if there was an Elton John puppet in the original). I thought it was one of the better sketches but I can see why it would look like revelling in the past.
JO
Jonwo
I do think that some of the puppets only got multiple sketches so they could get value of money out of them like Elon Musk.
LE
Lewismpsmith Meridian (South East) South East Today
Watched the first episode and absolutely hated it, totally didn't sit well with me.
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nwtv2003 Granada North West Today
What I don’t think helps is that they’ve often put out the best (usually the Boris or Trump) sketches for free on BritBox’s Facebook page or on YouTube. Quite often when you’ve seen them, you’ve often seen the best part of that episode. This sketch certainly springs to mind when applying the above:

steve
steviegTVreturns
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Jonwo
It’s such a shame Dominic Cummings had to go back to Epsilon 5..I mean Russia..I mean Durham!
Last edited by Jonwo on 2 December 2020 9:59pm

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