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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Saturday 17 August 2013
It could be called ‘Gouge-Eye 2’ or ‘Stab-Leg 2’, but this sequel is more moral than its prototype
Edinburgh 2013: The Three Lions - Prince William meets Davids Cameron and Beckham in this old-fashioned farce
Monday 05 August 2013
When David Beckham turned up at the Royal Wedding, many were baffled by the friendship between the footballer and the future King. What on earth could they have to talk about? Grammar and hair products, for a start. At least that's how William Gaminara imagines it in his witty new comedy, The Three Lions.
Thursday 04 July 2013
Given that I'm currently embroiled in a bitter political battle against my local council (albeit with the hearty support of my MP) I might be Steve Richards' toughest audience member tonight, somewhat resistant to the idea that politicians are human beings, insecure and tortured by dilemma.
Sunday 30 June 2013
America, but with humour and panache
Saturday 15 June 2013
Whimsy is hard to pull off. In the wrong hands it becomes fey and cloying. When it's done well it can create a loyal, lasting audience, as Terry Pratchett will tell you.
Sunday 05 May 2013
Diamond Joe Biden, Scranton's finest, strikes again. While our politicians struggle awkwardly with pop culture (think David Cameron hanging with One Direction or Gordon Brown "enjoying" the Arctic Monkeys), the US Vice-President shows us how it's done.
Will new ITV sitcom Vicious starring Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi prove a watershed for gay relationships in TV drama?
Monday 29 April 2013
Take our poll: Are LGBT characters fairly represented on British TV?
Friday 05 April 2013
Over three decades as They Might Be Giants, the Brooklyn duo of John Flansburgh and John Linnell have developed into a sort of post-modern Flanders & Swann, crafting sharp, witty and entertaining little satires on contemporary mores, set to a dizzying range of styles chosen for humorous emphasis.
Thursday 14 February 2013
Irreversible changes in consumer behaviour, disruptive technologies, and recession are together destroying our High Streets. I know, send for the Queen of Shops!
Thursday 31 January 2013
Just imagine the possibilities if the Royals were just like us...
Monday 07 January 2013
Gabriel Garcia Marquez's magical realist fable proves to be the perfect vehicle for this bewitching collaboration between Islington's Little Angel Theatre and Cornwall's Kneehigh company.
Thursday 13 December 2012
Peter Capaldi and Rebecca Front won best actor and actress gongs for their efforts in Armando Iannucci's Shadow Cabinet
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
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- 2 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 3 'Help me I'm trapped in a factory' messages keep being found on bottles of vitamin water
- 4 North Korean defector flees to Finland 'with evidence of chemical testing on humans'
- 5 Greek debt crisis: The photograph that conveys the despair of Greece's elderly