ITV’s 50 Greatest Shows
Louise Gold featured (uncredited) performing The Queen from Spitting Image, and (credited) as herself a Muppet Puppeteer on The Muppet Show. Broadcast on ITV1 from 19:00 on Saturday 10 September 2005
Jean Alexander (Hilda Ogden)
Elkan Allan (Executive Producer of Ready Steady Go)
Susie Amy (Chardonnay Pascal)
Ant & Dec
George Baker (No 2 in The Prisoner)
Richard Bates (Executive Producer of The Darling Buds Of May, Writer on The Avengers, and Executive Producer of A Touch Of Frost)
Honor Blackman (Cathy Gale)
Roy Bottemly (Writer and Programme Consultant of This Is Your Life)
Lord Melvyn Bragg
Caroline Brett (Writer and Producer of Survival)
Todd Carty (PC Gabriel Kent in The Bill)
Eric Chappell (Producer and Writer of Rising Damp)
Ted Childs (Director of The Sweeney, Executive Producer of Inspector Morse)
Mark Chinnock (Martin Dingle)
Irene Cockcroft (Producer of Jimmy’s)
George Cole (Arthur Daley)
Russell T Davis (Television Writer)
Mark Durden-Smith (Judith Chalmers’s Son)
Christopher Eccleston (Trevor Hicks in Hillsborough, and a DCI in Cracker)
Peter Fluck (Co-Creator of Spitting Image)
Philip Franks (Cedric Charlot)
Robin Gibb (from The Bee Gees)
Louise Gold (Puppeteer and Voice Artiste from The Muppet Show)
Trudie Goodwin (Sgt June Ackland in The Bill)
Paddy Joe Hill
Sir David Jason (Pop Larkin, and, Inspector Frost)
Professor Simon Kay
(Plastic Surgeon at St James’s Hospital,
Matthew Kelly (Presenter of Stars In Their Eyes 1993-2004)
Patsy Kensit (Sade King)
Kermit The Frog (probably Steve Whitmire)
Verity Lambert (Executive Producer of The Naked Civil Servant)
Claire Lewis (Producer of 49 Up)
David Liddiment (Producer of Stars In Their Eyes, and, Producer of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire)
Gary Lucy (Kyle Pascoe)
Sir Trevor MacDonald
Art Malik (Henry Kumer)
Jean Marsh (Co-Creator of Upstairs Downstairs / Rose Buck)
Julian Maynon (Reporter Death On The Rock)
Jackie Melton (Script Consultant on The Bill)
Dame Helen Mirren
Sheree Murphy (a real Footballer’s Wife)
Brian Park (Executive Producer of Footballers Wives, and, Producer of Coronation Street from 1997-1998)
Dr Raj Persand (This Morning psychiatrist 1994-2003)
Arlene Phillips (Choreographer of Hot Gossip)
Tim Piggott-Smith (Reginald Merrick)
Miss Piggy (probably Eric Jacobson)
HRH The Queen from Spitting Image (voiced and probably performed by Louise Gold)
Neil Reid (Opportunity Knocks winner)
Sir Cliff Richard
Keith Richardson (Executive Producer of Heatbeat)
Fay Ripley (Jenny Gifane)
William Roache (Ken Barlow)
Denise Robertson (This Morning’s Agony Aunt)
Alan Root (Writer and Producer of Survival)
Nicola Shindler (Producer of Hillsborough)
Charles Starridge (Director of Brideshead Revisited)
Sue and Alex Tatham
George Jesse Turner (Camerman on World In Action)
Dennis Waterman (a Sergeant in The Sweeney, and, Terry McCann in Minder)
Gary Webster (Ray Daley)
Kevin Whatley (Inspector Lewis)
Simon Williams (James Bellemy)
Glenda Wood (Make-up Designer for Stars In Their Eyes)
Susan Wooldridge (Daphne Mamer)
Dan Worrington (Philip Smith)
Natasha Znack (Executive Producer of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here)
Probable Uncredited Participants
Louise Gold (voicing and probably performing The Queen from Spitting Image)
Eric Jacobson (as Miss Piggy from The Muppet Show)
Steve Nallon (voicing Margaret Thatcher from Spitting Image)
Steve Whitmire (as Kermit The Frog from The Muppet Show)
Graphics – Hello Charlie
Post Production Fascilities – 3 Sixty Media
Archive Courtesy of – Granada, Freemantle Thames, Talkback Thames, 19 Television, Ralph Edwards Productions, Canule Image Uk Ltd, Celador, ITN/Pathe, Shed Productions, Endmol, International BV, The Muppets Holding Company, Buena Vista International Inc, Universal Studios, Fauna Productions And Southern Star International, ITV Sport Archive, and, ITV Archive
With Thanks To – Julian MacDonald Adler
Camera - Jeremy Bishop, Dave Hamilton Green,
Sound – Ryan Chandler, Richard Eades, and, Mick Close
Studio Camera Supervisor – Cameron Whitle
Studio Sound Supervisor – Andy Wenhan
Lighting Director – Tom Kinane
Set Designer – Alex Craig
Online Editor – Dave Dill
Dubbing Mixer – Dave Sanson
Production Accountant – Phil Crabb
Production Co-ordinators – Annette Capstick, Liz, Phillips, and, Samantha Parkin
Production Executive – Samantha Stamp
Head Of Production – Carol McKenzie
Script Consultant – Andy Milligan
Research – Becky Swale
Archive Researcher – Suzanne Thompson
Assistant Producer – Archive – Camilla Wheeler
Assistant Producers – Louise Ireland, and, Yvette Lyons
Editors – Doug Faircloth, and, Nigel Davies
Insert Producer – Nickie Lister
Studio Director – Chris Power
Executive Producers – Clare Pizey, and, Mark Robinson
Produced & Directed by – John Piper
Copyright - (c) – Yorkshire Television Ltd 2005
Production Company – A
50 Greatest Shows
50. Family Fortunes
49. It’ll Be Alright On The Night (1977 to Present)
47. Whicker’s World
46. The Jewel In The Crown
45. Tonight With Trevor MacDonald
44. Candid Camera
43. This Is Your Life (1969-1995)
42. The South Bank Show
41. Ready Steady Go
40. Death On The Rock
39. Survival (1961-2001)
37. Sunday Night At The
35. Blind Date
34. Brideshead Revisited
33. The Benny Hill Show
32. World In Action
31. Seven Up
30. The Prisoner (1967-1968)
29. The Naked Civil Servant
28. The World At War
27. The Darling Buds Of May
26. An Audience With
25. The Kenny Everett Video Show
24 Hillsborough 1996 (programme about the Stadium disaster)
23. Upstairs Downstairs (1971-1975)
22. Stars In Their Eyes (1990-present)
21. Rising Damp
20. Tiswas (1974-1982)
19. The Sweeney (1975-1978)
18. Prime Suspect (1981-Present)
17. The Avengers (1961-1969)
16. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (1998-Present)
14. Footballers Wives (2002-Present)
13. This Morning (1988-Present)
12. Cracker (1993-1996)
11. Cold Feet (1997-2003)
10. Spitting Image (1984-1996)
9. Pop Idol (2001-2003)
8. The Muppet Show (1976-1981)
7. The Bill (1984-Present)
6. I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here (2002-Present)
5. Emmerdale Farm
4. Inspector Morse (1987-2000)
3. A Touch Of Frost (1992-Present)
2. Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (2002-Present)
The Bill, Up The Garden Path, ABBA - The Reunion, Spitting Image Must See TV, ABBA – The Mamma Mia Story, The Ghost Of Faffner Hall, Best Ever Spitting Image, and, Coronation Street were all first shown on ITV 1, as well as The Muppet Show, and, Spitting Image.
Besides working on The Muppet Show, and, Spitting Image, Louise Gold has also appeared in The Bill, and subsequently in Coronation Street. Her mother also acted one shot parts in The Bill and on Inspector Morse.
Steve Whitmire had also worked on The Muppet Show, though not performing Kermit.
Philip Schofield, and, Nicholas Parsons had previously appeared in The Wonderful World Of Puppets.
is not quite clearly whether It’ll Be Alright On The Night
Les Dennis, and, Derek Fowlds took part in Kids At Heart, which Lord Melvyn Bragg may have also taken part in. Some actors from The Bill also took part.
George Cole had previously appeared in The Pirates Of Penzance (Stage Production), and in the associated galas: The Pirates Of Penzance (Gala Performance), The Pirates Of Penzance (Gala Preview), and, The Pirates Of Penzance (Benefit Preview), as well as appearing as a member of that cast in The Royal Variety Performance (1982).
Dennis Waterman also took part in The Royal Variety Performance (1982).
Peter Fluck worked on Spitting Image and of course the Spitting Image Pilots. He also contributed to the Spitting Image Auction, he appeared at Spitting Image – BFI Event, and on Best Ever Spitting Image.
Derek Fowlds, Sir Trevor MacDonald, and, Nicholas Parsons appeared in the Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala.
Philip Franks has appeared in Noises Off.
Trudie Goodwin appeared in The Bill.
Shobna Gulati, and, William Roache appeared in Coronation Street.
John Hurt starred in The Alan Clark Diaries.
It is not clear whether of not the Claire Lewis who produced 49 Up could be the same person as the actress of the same name in Billy The Kid And The Green Baize Vampire.
Sir Trevor MacDonald appeared on Best Ever Spitting Image.
Nicholas Parsons, and, Chris Tarrant appeared in Roland Rat – The Series.
Tim Piggott-Smith took part in the Regents Park 70th Anniversary Gala.
Dennis Waterman also appeared in A Week In The West End.
Simon Williams appeared in Alice In Wonderland.
Steve Whitmire also puppeteered on The Muppet Show (though not performing Kermit) and as such appeared in the documentary Of Muppets And Men. He also puppeteered on The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Go To The Movies, Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Tale Of The Bunny Picnic, and, The Animal Show. He has puppeteered Kermit on: Sesame Street, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island, and, I Love The Muppets. He has also appeared in The All Time Get Around Sometimes Play Together Every Other Friday Night Vaudeville Show, and, at Jim Henson’s Memorial Service. His recording credits include: The Muppet Show Music Album, The Great Muppet Caper (Soundtrack Album), John Denver & The Muppets A Christmas Together, John Denver & The Muppets Merry Christmas 45RPM, Favourite Songs From Jim Henson’s Muppets, Muppet Music Sampler, Muppet Hits 1, Muppet Hits 2, Muppet Music Mix, The Muppet Christmas Carol (Soundtrack Album), Music Mayhem & More, Christmas For Kids, John Denver Christmas, and, Put Some Zing In Your Spring.
Steve Whitmire and Eric Jacobson’s recording credits include A Green & Red Christmas.
Steve Nallon was a voice-artiste and a puppeteer on Spitting Image itself, he also took part in: Spitting Image Auction, Spitting Image BFI Event, Spitting Image Must See TV, and, Best Ever Spitting Image. His recording credits include Spit In Your Ear.
Jeremy Bishop, Richard Eades, Samantha Parkin, and, Samantha Stamp also worked on Best Ever Spitting Image, which was also produced by Yorkshire Television Ltd.
Kevin Whatley went on to appear in Gypsy.
by Emma Shane, ©August 2011
This is a very long documentary, it lasts something like two and a half hours, as far as I can recall, and watching it can get very tedious. However, it does have some memorable moments, and a lot of participants many of whom worked on ITV’s greatest shows. The last two segments, which deal with the shows 10 to 6 and finally the top five respectively are perhaps the most interesting. The only trouble is you have to watch everything else first. The second to last segment is the only one really of great interest to puppetry enthusiasts, since tenth place goes to Spitting Image, and eighth place to The Muppet Show. However both legendary puppet programmes are quite well represented, in so far as any legendary television programme can be well represented in a slot on a big compilation such as this. The lead into the commercial break immediately before this segment shows both Kermit The Frog from The Muppet Show and The Queen from Spitting Image, so we sort of know those two programmes are coming next.
slot about Spitting Image includes a variety of contributors, such as for
no apparent reason Trudie Goodwin (from The Bill),
better, however, is the slot about The Muppet Show. Again we have a
number of miscellaneous contributors comprising Christopher Eccelstone, Robson Green, and rather more
All in all quite a jam packed celebration of ITV, with some unusual contributors, but one where specific bits will be of interest to particular people (those who follow whichever of the 50 programmes is under the spotlight at that moment). Probably there is something there for nearly everyone. But at the same time nearly everyone will also find many parts of it tedious and dull, with a few scattered gems.
Links about ITV’s 50 Greatest Shows
IMDB Entry for the Programme: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0480762/fullcredits#cast