On 26 February, Spitting Image will celebrate its 30 birthday. BBC Four will mark the occasion with a special episode of Arena which promises to tell the “vexed and frequently hilarious story” of the sketch show which ran for 21 series between 1984 and 1996 and marked a high point in British satire.
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Friday 22 November 2013
The X Factor star has been instructed by a doctor to rest for several days
Sunday 07 July 2013
Men are more competitive and 'that's possibly what works'
Wednesday 05 June 2013
How on earth are we supposed to avoid big plot twists when everyone keeps tweeting them? Argh!
Anger on the Left: anxious Labour mainstream moves to distance itself from hardliners' celebrations after Margaret Thatcher's death
Tuesday 09 April 2013
It was the ancient Greek sage Chilon of Sparta who is recorded as first coining the phrase “do not speak evil of the dead”, 2,600 years ago.
Monday 11 March 2013
Some comedians make a living being offensive. If people really found their jokes so awful, surely they wouldn't want them shared any further?
Thursday 07 February 2013
The 'good, the tanned and the ugly' up for this year's comic alternative to the Baftas
Tuesday 16 October 2012
Racism is “at the heart” of British Government policy - and the racist views of some people in power “trickle” through society, a comedian told the High Court today.
Monday 15 October 2012
Comedian Frankie Boyle complained today that he had been libelled when a tabloid newspaper described him as “racist”.
Wednesday 10 October 2012
TV presenter’s punishment of 18 months' community service dismissed as 'derisory'
Monday 27 August 2012
The Way We Live: Britain today is just as socially stratified and morally bogus as it was in 1962
Tuesday 20 March 2012
Panel show pair David Mitchell and Victoria Coren are engaged to be married.
Thursday 08 December 2011
Ricky Gervais reminded us recently, as if we'd forgotten, that language can still offend en masse if its use is misjudged.
Friday 21 October 2011
At least we now know how, if you are a comedian whose career is becalmed, you can make yourself the centre of attention. You deploy one of the new swearwords. "Spaz" and "retard" are favourites and, as this week has shown, "mong" can do the trick pretty well, too.
Saturday 03 September 2011
Monday 25 July 2011
With the pre-surgical Ed Miliband still deprived of sleep by that "life-threatening apnoea", it behoves us to help him through the befuddlement.
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
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