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I'm not a fan of the political views of the series creators but I found the series amusing nonetheless. Looking forward to its return.

Do you think the creators will be too far up their own backsides to be funny and relevant in 2020? That's my prediction but I will be happy to be proven wrong.

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11 minutes ago, ThreeRaccoonsInATrenchCoat said:

I'm not a fan of the political views of the series creators but I found the series amusing nonetheless. Looking forward to its return.

Do you think the creators will be too far up their own backsides to be funny and relevant in 2020? That's my prediction but I will be happy to be proven wrong.

What political views?

I thought they were pretty even-handed.

Except towards South Africans....

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5 hours ago, ThreeRaccoonsInATrenchCoat said:

They are on record as being very ANTI-THATCHER. 

I recall a program on the massive popularity of Spitting Image.

In it Fluck and Law revealed they would have to make all sorts of puppets with all sorts of personas until they made a combination that actually worked. They quickly realised that the parody had to have a true characteristic of the person being lampooned or it simply didn't work.

Personally I thought that the David Steel puppet was probably the most hurtful. So much so that his wife claimed that it ruined his career.

So if Thatcher came across as a cold, nasty, uncaring piece of work, well, that was just the puppet and persona that made the caricature come alive.

No charge....

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I always had the impression that Ronald Reagan was some sort of bumblingly benign old chap. Turns out some pretty bad things went on while he was in charge. Boris will come out of it well I think. I can't really see which way they can go with him. He already plays a spitting image character of himself. 

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1 hour ago, TheTeapot said:

Imagine trying to come up with lines more absurd than the characters already say in real life. Good luck to them I say.

Indeed. How do you satirize Rees-Mogg who is already a parody of a caricature of a lampoon of a spoof of a skit of a Victorian butler?

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Whether it was good or bad to be anti-Thatcher is beside the point. What I was pointing out is that they did have a political bias which they have admitted to in later documentaries and interviews. They were all party political hacks. Some of their episodes were funny, others were tedious. think what we'll get will be cringeworthy up-their-own-backside, self-indulgent nostalgia which will play well with their own echo chamber who have fooled them into thinking they're still relevant or that their fringe worldview is somehow mainstream when it isn't. The real reason these prats were anti-Thatcher is because they're champagne socialists who despise the poor and hate Thatcher for wanting to promote free markets and a property-owning democracy. 

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15 hours ago, TheTeapot said:

Imagine trying to come up with lines more absurd than the characters already say in real life. Good luck to them I say.

 

13 hours ago, Uhtred said:

Indeed. How do you satirize Rees-Mogg who is already a parody of a caricature of a lampoon of a spoof of a skit of a Victorian butler?

Yes, the current crop of Politicians are going to prove very difficult to satorise.

Trump, Johnson, JRM, Farage*, Hancock, Patel.... etc

 

*Not a politician but remains lingering in the background.

 

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19 hours ago, P.K. said:

 

Personally I thought that the David Steel puppet was probably the most hurtful. So much so that his wife claimed that it ruined his career.

I think it probably stuck to him because he wasn't on the telly as much as the Tories and Labour and it created the image of him being weak. Plus Liberals have no sense of humour. 

Steve "Interesting" Davis's image was probably harmed too. Year later we've found out he's probably the only interesting snooker player of that era.

 

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23 hours ago, P.K. said:

Personally I thought that the David Steel puppet was probably the most hurtful. So much so that his wife claimed that it ruined his career.

Steele's association with child-abuser "Sir" Cyril Smith MP, and his (Steele's) turning a blind eye and the subsequent cover up of Smith's crimes sealed his fate.

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6 hours ago, Declan said:

 

Steve "Interesting" Davis's image was probably harmed too. Year later we've found out he's probably the only interesting snooker player of that era.

 

I seem to recall that he took it in his stride, embracing the 'interesting' persona and laughing with them.  I think the grey John Major was quite cutting.  Most memorable sketch for me is Thatcher ordering raw steak - classic.

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On 9/23/2020 at 9:03 PM, TheTeapot said:

Imagine trying to come up with lines more absurd than the characters already say in real life. Good luck to them I say.

One of the reasons 'The Thick of It' stopped was because the writers thought real politics had become so absurd it was impossible to satirise - no matter how ridiculous a situation they came up with, it had either been done in real life by a politician, or was copied later on for real.

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How do you satirize Rees-Mogg who is already a parody of a caricature of a lampoon of a spoof of a skit of a Victorian butler?

Easy. Just use Beaker off the muppets.

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