Sunday, April 18, 2010

Spitting image

Spitting image. A person who has a strong physical resemblance to another, especially to a relative, e.g. "You're the spitting image of your grandfather!" .

Spitting Image is also one of my favourite all-time TV shows.

It was a satire of current affairs based on puppet caricatures of the Conservative party leaders, the Royal Family and various other celebrities from the 1980s and 1990s.

The outrageous parodies of the famous made Saturday nights a time to dread for those in the public eye and delighted British audiences.

Margaret Thatcher's puppet, for example, was a Reagan groupie who consulted with Hitler on immigration policy and sold off England's infrastructure to yuppies. John Major was portrayed as a dull, grey man who only ate peas. The Queen wore a CND badge, was slightly mad and picked up clothes from rubbish bins.
Other countries have since created satirical puppet shows, such as Les Guignols de L'Info in France or Las Noticias del Guiñol in Spain, none have achieved the same degree of popularity and indeed influence as the original Spitting Image did in Britain. Definitely a classic.

To anticipate with apprehension or terror

Outrageous. Shocking and morally unacceptable / unusual or strange
Groupie. An enthusiastic young fan (especially a young woman who follows rock groups around)

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