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'''The Man With No Title''' is the official name for the final episode of Series 2, and aired on the 24th March 1985. It is the second episode after the Royal-themed episode of Series 1 to completely abandon the sketch-show format and focus on steady interweaving plots. The background for this episode is a hotel, and the main plot focuses on [[Michael Hestletine]] trying to expose [[Margaret Thatcher]] as a Russian spy.
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'''The Man With No Title''' is the official name for the final episode of Series 3, and aired on the 24th March 1985. It is the second episode after the Royal-themed episode of Series 1 to completely abandon the sketch-show format and focus on steady interweaving plots. The background for this episode is a hotel, and the main plot focuses on [[Michael Heseltine]] trying to expose [[Margaret Thatcher]] as a Russian spy.
   
   
 
== Plot ==
 
== Plot ==
All the different puppets from the show are all staying at a hotel. Mick Jagger's room is heavily vandalised, Prince Charles is kicked out of his room after an argument with his wife and Woody Allen is given a door key with a card the size of a surfboard. Michael Hestletine enters the hotel under disguise as a stereotypical Dutch citizen, claiming to be a representative of the Dutch Cheese Convention, which is in actuality an undercover cabinet meeting.
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[[Image:Hestlebine.JPG|400px|thumb||Michael Hestletine undercover]]
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[[Image:Eastwood.JPG|400px|thumb||Clint Eastwood saves the day]]
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All the different puppets from the show are all staying at a hotel. [[Mick Jagger]]'s room is heavily vandalised, [[Prince Charles]] is kicked out of his room after an argument with his wife and [[Woody Allen]] is given a door key with a card the size of a surfboard. [[Michael Heseltine]] enters the hotel under disguise as a stereotypical Dutch citizen, claiming to be a representative of the Dutch Cheese Convention, which is in actuality an undercover cabinet meeting.
   
Head of police Kenneth Newman spends most of the episode trying to track down a criminal with the assistance of his bumbling companion PC Dimbleby. After attacking Prince Charles, believing him to be the villain, the two realise that the spy is actually the hotel bartender Lord Lucan. The bar itself is also a scene for commotion when Dustin Hoffman notices that every last social and racial stereotype is there having a drink; therefore they must all be in a disaster movie. After much panicking and a botched attempt by the Pope to read the Last Rites, Hoffman deduces that the "disaster" is Thatcherite Britain, and the only way they can save England is by panicking some more.
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Head of police [[Kenneth Newman]] spends most of the episode trying to track down a criminal with the assistance of his bumbling companion [[PC Dimbleby]]. After attacking Prince Charles, believing him to be the villain, the two realise that the spy is actually the hotel bartender [[Lord Lucan]]. The bar itself is also a scene for commotion when [[Dustin Hoffman]] notices that every last social and racial stereotype is there having a drink; therefore they must all be in a disaster movie. After much panicking and a botched attempt by the Pope to read the Last Rites, Hoffman deduces that the "disaster" is Thatcherite Britain, and the only way they can save England is by panicking some more.
   
At the secret Cabinet Meeting, Michael Hestletine explains to the rest of the Cabinet that Thatcher is a Russian agent, which explains why the country is in such a bad state. Up on the roof, the Cabinet confront Thatcher, who is indeed a Russian spy under the name of Irana Petrova. Before she can mercilessly kill her ministers, Clint Eastwood leaps from his hiding spot and shoots Petrova, revealing her to be a robot. The *real* Thatcher - "who made promises and got on perfectly well with black people" - was locked in a cupboard the whole time. The episode then ends with a fantasy rendition of Britain where unemployment has been solved, crime is cut down and nobody likes Spitting Image anymore "because it always reminded us of bad things".
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At the secret Cabinet Meeting, [[Michael Heseltine]] explains to the rest of the Cabinet that Thatcher is a Russian agent, which explains why the country is in such a bad state. Up on the roof, the Cabinet confront Thatcher, who is indeed a Russian spy under the name of Irana Petrova. Before she can mercilessly kill her ministers, [[Clint Eastwood]] leaps from his hiding spot and shoots Petrova, revealing her to be a robot. The *real* Thatcher - "who made promises and got on perfectly well with black people" - was locked in a cupboard the whole time. The episode then ends with a fantasy rendition of Britain where unemployment has been solved, crime is cut down and nobody likes [[Spitting Image]] anymore "because it always reminded us of bad things".
   
 
== Credits ==
 
== Credits ==
The credits appear at the end in the style of movie credits.
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The credits appear at the start of the episode in the style of movie credits.
   
A Peter Fluck & Roger Law presention of
 
A John Lloyd production of
 
A John Stroud film
 
   
DONALD SINDEN is THE MAN WITH NO TITLE
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*'''A [[Peter Fluck]] & [[Roger Law]] presention of A [[John Lloyd]] production of A [[John Stroud]] film'''
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*'''DONALD SINDEN is THE MAN WITH NO TITLE'''
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*'''Starring the Dollygrips of''' [[Anthony Asbury]], [[Kevin Bradshaw|Samurai Bradshaw]], [[Alistair Fullarton]], [[Terry Lee]], [[Nigel Plaskitt]], [[Francis Wright]]
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*'''Starring the Voices of''' [[Chris Barrie]], [[Harry Enfield]], [[John Glover]], [[Steve Nallon]], [[Jan Ravens]], [[Enn Reitel]]
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*'''Screenplay by [[Rob Grant]] & [[Doug Naylor]]'''
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*'''From the Original Jokes by''' [[Geoffrey Atkinson]], [[John Docherty]], [[Ian Hislop]], [[Moray Hunter]], [[Paul Lewis]], [[Nick Newman]], [[Laurie Rowley]], [[Tony Sarchet]], [[Andrea Solomons]]
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*'''Puppet Makers''' Steve Bendelack, Moe Casey, Andrew Robey, Scott Brooker, Mandy Dymond
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*'''Mould Makers''' Steve Haines, Peter Kidd, Jasper Lyon, Andrew Geddes
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*'''Caricaturists/Modellers''' Tim Watts, David Stoten
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*'''Foams''' Spike
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*'''Wigs''' Charles
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*'''Mechanics''' Harry Bryce
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*'''Wardrobe''' Caroline Pitcher, Jackie Hallat
   
Starring the Dollygrips of:
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*'''Company Manager''' Anne Newcombe
Anthony Asbury
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*'''Workshop Manager''' John Bayliss
Samurai Bradshaw
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*'''Production Accountant''' Malcolm Walker
Alistair Fullarton
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*'''Programme Co-ordinator''' Claire Sandford
Terry Lee
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*'''Programme Assistant''' Linda Glover
Nigel Plaskitt
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*'''General Assistants''' David Bond, Toby Sherborne, Julian Short
Francis Wright
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*'''Production Secretaries''' Tracey Smirthwaite, Alison Heaton, Alice Cooper
   
Starring the Voices of:
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*'''Based on an Original Lunch with [[Martin Lambie-Nairn]]'''
Chris Barrie
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*'''Mr Asbury's Posing-Pouch by Tiny-Sac de Lourdes'''
Harry Enfield
 
John Glover
 
Steve Nallon
 
Jan Ravens
 
Enn Reitel
 
   
Screenplay by Rob Grant & Doug Naylor
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*'''Senior Cameraman''' Terry Gout
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*'''Sound''' John Picken
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*'''Dubbing''' Bill Todd, Jim Tetlow
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*'''Vision''' Graham Dobbs
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*'''Vision Mixer''' Linda Rampal
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*'''Videotape Editor''' Al Pigden
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*'''Film Research''' Janet Rayner
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*'''General Research''' Alma Taft
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*'''GRAPHICS: WILLY KERR'''
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*'''Mr Kerr's Assistants''' Hazel Alemany, Steve Safe, Chris Wroe
   
From the Original Jokes by:
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*'''Production Buyer''' Dave Williams
Geoffrey Atkinson
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*'''Stage Manager''' Anne Ibbotson
John Docherty
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*'''Assistant Floor Manager''' Paul Leather
Ian Hislop
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*'''Senior Floor Manager''' Keith Lascelles
Moray Hunter
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*'''Production Assistant''' Lesley Jones
Paul Lewis
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*'''Costume Designer''' Sue Gibson
Nick Newman
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*'''Lighting Director''' Brian Harris
Laurie Rowley
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*'''Designer''' Ken Ryan
Tony Sarchet
 
Andrea Solomons
 
   
Puppet Makers:
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*'''Filmed in BORING OLD NORMALVISION'''
Steve Bendelack
 
Moe Casey
 
Andrew Robey
 
Scott Brooker
 
Mandy Dymond
 
   
Mould Makers:
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*'''© Central Indepedent Television plc MCMLXXXV'''
Steve Haines
 
Peter Kidd
 
Jasper Lyon
 
Andrew Geddes
 
   
Caricaturists:
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*'''A Central Independent Television Production with Spitting Image Productions LTD.'''
Tim Watts
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[[Category:Episodes]]
David Stoten
 
 
Foams by Spike
 
 
Wigs by Charles Weeks
 
 
Mechanics by Harry Bryce
 
 
Wardrobe:
 
Caroline Pitcher
 
Jackie Hallat
 
 
Company Manager: Anne Newcombe
 
 
Workshop Manager: John Bayliss
 
 
Production Accountant: Malcolm Walker
 
 
Programme Co-ordinator: Claire Sandford
 
 
Programme Assistant: Linda Glover
 
 
General Assistants:
 
David Bond
 
Toby Sherborne
 
Julian Short
 
 
Production Secretaries
 
Tracey Smirthwaite
 
Alison Heaton
 
Alice Cooper
 
 
Based on an Original Lunch with Martin Lambie-Nairn
 
 
Mr Asbury's Posing-Pouch by Tiny-Sac de Lourdes
 
 
Senior Cameraman: Terry Gout
 
 
Sound: John Picken
 
 
Dubbing:
 
Bill Todd
 
Jim Tetlow
 
 
Vision: Graham Dobbs
 
 
Vision Mixer: Linda Rampal
 
 
Videotape Editor: Al Pigden
 
 
Film Research: Janet Rayner
 
 
General Research: Alma Taft
 
 
GRAPHICS: WILLY KERR
 
 
Mr Kerr's Assistants
 
Hazel Alemany
 
Steve Safe
 
Chris Wroe
 
 
Production Buyer: Dave Williams
 
 
Stage Manager: Anne Ibbotson
 
 
Assistant Floor Manager: Paul Leather
 
 
Senior Floor Manager: Keith Lascelles
 
 
Production Assistant: Lesley Jones
 
 
Costume Designer: Sue Gibson
 
 
Lighting Director: Brian Harris
 
 
Designer: Ken Ryan
 
 
Filmed in BORING OLD NORMALVISION
 
 
Central Indepedent Television plc MCMLXXXV
 
 
A Central Independent Television Production with Spitting Image Productions LTD
 

Latest revision as of 23:41, April 23, 2010

The Man With No Title is the official name for the final episode of Series 3, and aired on the 24th March 1985. It is the second episode after the Royal-themed episode of Series 1 to completely abandon the sketch-show format and focus on steady interweaving plots. The background for this episode is a hotel, and the main plot focuses on Michael Heseltine trying to expose Margaret Thatcher as a Russian spy.


Plot Edit

Hestlebine

Michael Hestletine undercover

Eastwood

Clint Eastwood saves the day

All the different puppets from the show are all staying at a hotel. Mick Jagger's room is heavily vandalised, Prince Charles is kicked out of his room after an argument with his wife and Woody Allen is given a door key with a card the size of a surfboard. Michael Heseltine enters the hotel under disguise as a stereotypical Dutch citizen, claiming to be a representative of the Dutch Cheese Convention, which is in actuality an undercover cabinet meeting.

Head of police Kenneth Newman spends most of the episode trying to track down a criminal with the assistance of his bumbling companion PC Dimbleby. After attacking Prince Charles, believing him to be the villain, the two realise that the spy is actually the hotel bartender Lord Lucan. The bar itself is also a scene for commotion when Dustin Hoffman notices that every last social and racial stereotype is there having a drink; therefore they must all be in a disaster movie. After much panicking and a botched attempt by the Pope to read the Last Rites, Hoffman deduces that the "disaster" is Thatcherite Britain, and the only way they can save England is by panicking some more.

At the secret Cabinet Meeting, Michael Heseltine explains to the rest of the Cabinet that Thatcher is a Russian agent, which explains why the country is in such a bad state. Up on the roof, the Cabinet confront Thatcher, who is indeed a Russian spy under the name of Irana Petrova. Before she can mercilessly kill her ministers, Clint Eastwood leaps from his hiding spot and shoots Petrova, revealing her to be a robot. The *real* Thatcher - "who made promises and got on perfectly well with black people" - was locked in a cupboard the whole time. The episode then ends with a fantasy rendition of Britain where unemployment has been solved, crime is cut down and nobody likes Spitting Image anymore "because it always reminded us of bad things".

Credits Edit

The credits appear at the start of the episode in the style of movie credits.


  • Company Manager Anne Newcombe
  • Workshop Manager John Bayliss
  • Production Accountant Malcolm Walker
  • Programme Co-ordinator Claire Sandford
  • Programme Assistant Linda Glover
  • General Assistants David Bond, Toby Sherborne, Julian Short
  • Production Secretaries Tracey Smirthwaite, Alison Heaton, Alice Cooper
  • Based on an Original Lunch with Martin Lambie-Nairn
  • Mr Asbury's Posing-Pouch by Tiny-Sac de Lourdes
  • Senior Cameraman Terry Gout
  • Sound John Picken
  • Dubbing Bill Todd, Jim Tetlow
  • Vision Graham Dobbs
  • Vision Mixer Linda Rampal
  • Videotape Editor Al Pigden
  • Film Research Janet Rayner
  • General Research Alma Taft
  • GRAPHICS: WILLY KERR
  • Mr Kerr's Assistants Hazel Alemany, Steve Safe, Chris Wroe
  • Production Buyer Dave Williams
  • Stage Manager Anne Ibbotson
  • Assistant Floor Manager Paul Leather
  • Senior Floor Manager Keith Lascelles
  • Production Assistant Lesley Jones
  • Costume Designer Sue Gibson
  • Lighting Director Brian Harris
  • Designer Ken Ryan
  • Filmed in BORING OLD NORMALVISION
  • © Central Indepedent Television plc MCMLXXXV
  • A Central Independent Television Production with Spitting Image Productions LTD.
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