Shout Out: Spitting Image
of Spitting Image
has ensured that it has become positively littered with Shout Outs
- President Francois Mitterand goes on about the virtues of UHT milk in a nod to a famous Cointreau advert that was doing the rounds at the time.
- On a visit to the Falklands, Prince Charles tries to talk the Governor out of marrying one of the local sheep.
Charles: I fully understand how lonely one must get in the Falklands, Governor, but have you considered the consequences of such a union...the difficulties you'll encounter, the whispers, the silent scorn, the pointing fingers?
- After pranking Thatcher into believing that she killed him, Prince Philip shows up to haunt her in her sleep.
- Reagan dresses up like Boy George in an attempt to get the gay vote (without realising that he turned up at the Steelworkers' meeting by accident).
- News at Benn
- Jesus, Haven't You Gone to Bed Yet? is a send-up of the Epilogue sermonette that used to air just before closing time on ITV.
- Charles tries (and fails) to engage Wills in a game of Hungry, Hungry Hippos.
1987 Election Special
- The Labour Party's new middle-of-the-road campaign ad starts with Neil and Glynis reenacting the beach scene from Chariots of Fire.
- Lestor Piggot's sentencing hearing is based on the opening to Porridge.
- The Untouchables in this case are the royals, who are apparently free to drive dangerously with zero consequence.
- Lots of the original songs are references to specific pre-existing ones. There were also a few full-on parodies.
- Let Me Take You by the Trotter - Streets of London.
- In the Series 4 opener, an impoverished stockbroker is busking in the Underground and plays the original song. Others play Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man.
- When You're 65 - When I'm 64
- We're Scared of Bob - We Are the World
- Every Bomb You Make - Every Breath You Take
- Remix! - Relax!
- Big Busters - Film/Ghostbusters
- Born to Be a Woodwork Teacher - Born to Run
- To All the Girls I've Snogged Before - To All the Girls I've Loved Before
- Yuppies - Money for Nothing
- All Things Bright and Beautiful was redone as an indictment of the Tory party, with the ecclesiastical tone left intact.
- Our House was changed to tell the story of a family who attempt to buy their council house and end up homeless as a result of the market crash.
- Da Doo Ron Ron was reworked as a theme song for a Reagan campaign ad.
- One of the election specials concluded with the candidates singing Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
- Some sheep give a quick blast of It Had to be Ewe
- The Chicken Song is a Take That to Agadoo and other insufferably catchy summer dance songs like it.
- Commons of House samples Ice Ice Baby and Push It.
- One sketch had the entire UN grooving to Glen Miller's In the Mood.
- Occasionally some songs were covered intact:
- One of the first episodes has Maggie getting her cabinet to sing Isn't She Lovely? for her.
- Go Now by The Moody Blues and Happy Days are Here Again were both performed in sketches relating to Thatcher's resignation.
- Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye was done with Maggie performing at a piano as her cabinet gradually gets booted out of Downing Street.
- An Homage to Cabaret with the Tory party singing Tomorrow Belongs to Me. Some have pointed out that it was probably a bit tactless to include Jewish MP Edwina Currie's puppet in this sketch.
- Maggie performs My Way in an interview after being asked if she feels that she's failed in any way.
- Maggie steals some fruit from a greengrocer while out canvasing and runs off singing, "Yes, We Have Some Bananas" as a reference to the song Yes, We Have No Bananas.
- Ian Paisley references the Anglican hymn Immortal, Invisible while badgering God.
- The President's Brain chills out on the beach to sound of the Desert Island Discs theme tune.
- When Budget Day rolls round for Nigel Lawson, Once a Year Day from The Pajama Game plays briefly in the background.
- Prince Andrew walks by singing All the Nice Girls Love a Sailor.
- Princess Margaret's first appearance in the series was set to the tune of The Stripper.
- Mark Thatcher leaves Downing Street (through his Prat Flap) singing "I'm getting married to a Texan..."
- Sud Pacifique had Mitterand and some cronies singing Il N'ya Rien Comme une Dame over a backdrop of mushroom clouds generated by nuclear tests.
- Jerusalem gets turned into a campaign ad for the Tories.
- My Generation is used to show off what a bunch of old duffers The Who are.
- The royals bring out a party album that includes parodies of My Old Man's a Dustman and Camptown Races, among others.
- Media mogul Robert Maxwell at one point sings about suing all of his critics to the tune of Putting on the Ritz.