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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.


Plot

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 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.

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".

Credits

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

Starring the Dollygrips of Anthony Asbury, Samurai Bradshaw, Alistair Fullarton, Terry Lee, Nigel Plaskitt, Francis Wright

Starring the Voices of Chris Barrie, Harry Enfield, John Glover, Steve Nallon, Jan Ravens, Enn Reitel

Screenplay by Rob Grant & Doug Naylor

From the Original Jokes by Geoffrey Atkinson, John Docherty, Ian Hislop, Moray Hunter, Paul Lewis, Nick Newman, Laurie Rowley, Tony Sarchet, Andrea Solomons

Puppet Makers Steve Bendelack, Moe Casey, Andrew Robey, Scott Brooker, Mandy Dymond

Mould Makers Steve Haines, Peter Kidd, Jasper Lyon, Andrew Geddes

Caricaturists/Modellers Tim Watts, David Stoten

Foams Spike

Wigs Charles

Mechanics 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

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