Steve Coogan • (1989 - 1993)
Alistair McGowan • (1994 - 1996)
Nigel Plaskitt

John Major with SI puppeteer Nigel Plaskitt.

John Major (b. 1943) was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1990 to 1997.

Portrayal on Spitting Image

When he first came in the cabinet in Series 10, Major wore a leopard-print jacket with white gloves, entering via swinging on a trapeze. He said to the Cabinet, "My father was in the circus, you know!" to which the cabinet responded with, "We know!"

Major was portrayed as a very dull, boring man. The puppet was eventually painted grey to further emphasize his dullness.

The makers of Spitting Image had a lot of troubles with Major, as he wasn't much an inspiring character to work with when compared with the previous Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. Because of this, they made Thatcher's puppet reappear in the show as the person who really controlled Major, issuing commands to him via an antenna on his head. At a certain point they even invented an affair between Major and Virginia Bottomley to make Major more interesting in the show (Years later it turned out that John Major did have an affair in those years, but with Edwina Currie.)

The most famous sketch with Major featured him and his wife eating peas, while having an incredibly boring conversation. This skit became some infamous that whenever the real Major speeched in the House of Parliament, the Opposition whispered the word "peas" and "more peas, dear?", whenever he started talking.

John Major's famous grey and dull puppet

John Major sprayed grey.

John-Major's original design

John Major's original design.


The Real John Major.

John and Norma Major

Norma and John Major.

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