Best Ever Spitting Image
Louise Gold featured as herself a Spitting Image Puppeteer, and performing ‘The Queen’ from Spitting Image, Broadcast on ITV1 at 10:00pm on Sunday 25 June 2006 (and repeated about six months later)
Narrator – Simon Chadwick
Ant & Dec Voices – Jon Culshaw & Phil Cornwell
Ant & Dec Puppeteers – Simon Buckley & Mark Jefferies
Jon Culshaw (Spitting Image Voice Artiste from 1994 – 1996)
Edwina Currie (Health Minister from 1986 – 1988)
Bill Dare (Spitting Image Producer from 1990-1994)
Harry Enfield (Spitting Image Voice Artiste from 1984 – 1989)
Peter Fluck (Co-Creator of Spitting Image)
Bob Geldof KBE
Jon Glover (Voice of Prince Philip)
Louise Gold (Spitting Image Puppeteer from 1984 – 1996), (Voice of The Queen)
Rob Grant (Writer on Spitting Image from 1984 – 1986), (Co-Creator of The Chicken Song)
Lord Hattersley (Deputy Leader Of The Labour Party from 1983 – 1992)
Lord Hesaltine (Former Cabinet Minister)
Sir Bernard Ingram (Conservative Party Press Secretary from 1979 – 1991)
Lord Kinnock (Labour Party Leader from 1983 – 1992)
Roger Law (Spitting Image Co-Creator)
John Lloyd (Spitting Image Producer 1984-1987)
Sir Trevor MacDonald
Jessica Martin (Spitting Image Voice Artiste from 1985 – 1988)
Alistair McGowan (Spitting Image Voice Artiste from 1991 – 1996), (Voice of Chris Eubank)
Steve Nallon (Voice of Roy Hattersley), (Voice of Margaret Thatcher), (Voice of The Queen Mother), (Spitting Image Voice Artiste 1984-1995)
Doug Naylor (Co-Creator of The Chicken Song)
Nick Newman (Spitting Image Writer from 1984-1989)
John O’Farrell (Spitting Image Writer from 1989-1993)
Lord Owen (SDP Leader from 1983 – 1987)
Nigel Plaskitt (Spitting Image Puppeteer from 1984 – 1996)
Kate Robbins (Spitting Image Voice Artiste from 1984 – 1996)
Lord Steel (Liberal Party Leader from 1976 – 1988)
Lord Tebbitt (Conservative Party Chairman from 1985 – 1992)
Writer – Steve Punt
Graphics – Gareth Price
Archive & Stills Courtesy of: - BBC Television,
Ant & Dec Puppets Created by – Jonathan Saville
Design – Giovanni Guarino
Links Director – Richard Bradley
Links Cameraman – Mike Lee
Location Camera – Jeremy Bishop
Location Sound – Richard Eades
Online Editor - Philip Bedwell
Dubbing Mixer – Lynn Hegarty
Production Accountant – Kay Worsley
Production Co-ordinator – Samantha Parkin
Production Manager – Jane Parkes
Production Executive – Samantha Stamp
Archive Researcher – Linda Woodhouse
Assistant Producer – Lara Searle
Editor – Nick Thorp
Executive Producer – Peter A Gordon
Produced & Directed by – Stuart Ramsey
Produced by – Yorkshire Television Ltd, 2006
David Baddiel, Simon
Buckley, Phil Cornwell, Bill Dare, Harry Enfield, Peter Fluck, Jon
Glover, Louise Gold, Rob Grant,
Peter Fluck, Louise Gold, Roger Law, and, John Lloyd worked on the Spitting Image Pilots.
Roger Law contributed to the Spitting Image Auction, which Louise Gold and Steve Nallon helped with.
Peter Fluck, Louise Gold, John Lloyd, and, Steve Nallon took part in Spitting Image BFI Event.
Phil Cornwell, Louise Gold, and, Roger Law appeared in the documentary The Wonderful World Of Puppets, which Gareth Price also did the graphics on.
Nigel Plaskitt, along with fellow Spitting Image puppeteer Louise Gold, has also puppeteered on: The Secret Life Of Toys, The Spooks Of Bottle Bay, Alice In Wonderland, Mopatop’s Shop, and, That Puppet Game Show; and they worked together on Space Sprogs. They also both appeared at Muppets And Puppets (Kaleidoscope Event) Nigel has also directed Louise Gold in her cabaret act LOUISE GOLD...By Appointment, which includes a special tribute to Spitting Image, and on at least one occasion, Nigel Plaskitt puppeteered in it too.
Simon Buckley, and, Nigel Plaskitt puppeteered on Labyrinth.
Simon Buckley, Louise Gold, Mark Jefferies, and, Nigel Plaskitt puppeteered on Muppet Treasure Island.
Before becoming a puppeteer Mark Jefferies had been an actor, and appeared in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Touring Production) along with another future puppeteering colleague, Louise Gold.
Louise Gold, Mark Jefferies, and, Nigel Plaskitt worked on Five Minutes More.
Harry Enfield, Jon
Glover, Louise Gold, Jessica Martin, Steve Nallon, and, Kate Robbins’s recording credits include Spit In Your Ear, which Rob Grant,
Bob Geldof appeared in Comic Relief 1986, and on the associated
album Utterly Utterly Live Comic Relief, which Rob Grant,
Sir Trevor MacDonld appeared in the Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala.
Jessica Martin may have appeared in Kids At Heart.
Jessica Martin was a contestant on Let’s Do The Show Right Here, which a certain Spitting Image Puppet Captain was a Team Captain on.
Jessica Martin appeared in Something For The Boys, One Touch of Venus (2000 Production), A Lost Musicals Occasion, Regents Park 70th Anniversary Gala, Dress Circle Grand Re-Opening, A Love Letter To Dan, and, A Celebration Of The Life And Work of Dick Vosburgh. Her radio credits include Ned Sherrin’s Revue Of Revue.
Steve Punt wrote material for Roland Rat The Series.
Peter Fluck spoke about Spitting Image on the documentary ITV’s 50 Greatest Shows, which Sir Trevor MacDonald also appeared on. Louise Gold certainly voiced and probably performed The Queen puppet, and it is possible that Steve Nallon voiced Margaret Thatcher (though it is not clear if the latter segment was recorded for the programme). Crew members Jeremy Bishop, Richard Eades, Samantha Parkin, and, Samantha Stamp also worked on this programme, which was also produced by Yorkshire Television Ltd.
Links about Best Ever Spitting Image
IMDB Entry: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0823696/