British animated satire series that ran from 2001 to 2004. Often considered the SpiritualSuccessor of ''SpittingImage'' and had many parallels with ''[[Series.DeadRingers Dead Ringers]]'' due to sharing many voice actors.
About 60% of the material was about celebrities while the rest was about politics, a notable shift away from the latter relative to ''Spitting Image'' which perhaps tells us something about how Britain has changed.
Major recurring characters/settings (heralded by theme tunes) included:
'''Tony Blair and the Cabinet''': Blair as a power-mad control freak with a Napoleon complex, while Gordon Brown is TheStarscream. Other ministers commonly appearing included John Prescott (a vehicle for fat jokes), Robin Cook (TheUnintelligible) and David Blunkett.
'''George Bush in the White House''': Bush oscillates between PsychopathicManchild and innocently TooDumbToLive, while a moustached (and unnamed) General tries to get him under control with the aid of a hand puppet called Professor Leibstrom. Recycled a lot of 'stupid president' jokes from 80s ''Spitting Image'' sketches about Reagan.
'''Saddam Hussein''': Prior to the war in Iraq, there were a series of sketches featuring Saddam hiding his weapons of mass destruction from the UN inspectors (of course, that was when even broadly anti-war satirists assumed he ''had'' any...) Earlier series had Osama Bin Laden being frustrated by the Taliban's lack of military technology.
'''The Royal Family''': Mostly jokes about Prince Charles trying to take the throne and about Princes William and Harry's youthful mishaps. In one sketch, Harry brings back some Australians after having gone backpacking there and they proceed to take over the palace.
'''Posh and Becks''': Primarily another vehicle for TooDumbToLive jokes.
'''The England national side:''' Featuring Beckham again, Wayne Rooney, manager Sven Goran Erikson and so forth.
There were also a great number of one-off sketches. In the vein of ''PrivateEye'' style humour, a lot of these involved crossing over two news stories or parodying a show ''by'' referencing current political issues. For example, there was a parody of ''TheSimpsons'' called "The Johnsons" (about BorisJohnson's family).
Tropes used include:
* BlackComedy and CrossesTheLineTwice (it's a lot easier to get away with things when it's animation)
* CuteKitten: One sketch had Saddam attempting to defend against the US by surrounding himself and important military targets with kittens.
* FacialProfiling (Went rather far with it, using the old-fashioned bright yellow skin, buck teeth and slitty eyes for Chinese people, for instance)
* TheStarscream (Brown to Blair and Prince Charles to the Queen)
* TooDumbToLive (Bush, Posh and Becks)