2DTV
2DTV (title card)
Created byGiles Pilbrow
Georgia Pritchett
Directed byTim Searle [1]
StarringJon Culshaw
Jan Ravens
Mark Perry
Lewis MacLeod
Kate O'Sullivan
Enn Reitel
Terry Klassen
Dave Lamb
Alistair McGowan (Pilot)
Jimmy Hibbert
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Production
ProducerGiles Pilbrow
Running time10–30 mins
Release
Original networkITV
Original release14 October 2001 (2001-10-14) –
23 December 2004 (2004-12-23)

2DTV is a British satirical animated television show which was produced by Giles Pilbrow for ITV and officially premiered on 14 October 2001.

The programme was considered the spiritual successor of the 1980s’ series Spitting Image which also involved the work of Pilbrow.[2] The programme also paid homage to the studio Hanna-Barbera in the way the show was animated.[3] The voice cast included the talents of Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens and Mark Perry.

The programme ran for five series before being axed on 23 December 2004 due to falling viewing figures.[4] It was succeeded in the spring of 2008 by the short lived series Headcases.[5][6] The show was first announced in August 2001 as part of the new autumn line up by ITV1.[7] The show was nominated for the Golden Rose of Montreux in March 2002 and again in April 2003.[8][9]

Background

2DTV employed the same satirical style as Spitting Image but used animation rather than puppets. The animation was produced by using computer graphics, frequently with animators working up to the day of broadcast. The producer for the series Giles Pilbrow was one veteran of Spitting Image as were some of the voice artists on the show.

The series was directed by Tim Searle. 2DTV was first broadcast in March 2001, however an unbroadcast pilot episode was recorded nearly six months beforehand. The pilot episode featured the resident newsreader played by Alistair McGowan although his character was not carried over when the full seven part first series was commissioned by ITV. Each episode in the first series lasted ten minutes.

A seven episode second series began broadcasting in April 2002, once again with each episode lasting ten minutes. The series spawned its own official single in July 2002, “Shoot the Dog”, which was performed by George Michael.[10] The music video for “Shoot the Dog” features an animated Michael plus several other characters from 2DTV performing the song.[11]

One commercial for the home media compilation The Best of 2DTV was banned by the Broadcast Advertising Clearance Centre in November 2002.[12] The commercial depicted George W. Bush taking one VHS out of its case and putting it in his toaster. Ofcom stated that advertisements for products cannot appear to be endorsed by someone without their permission – in this case, George W. Bush.[13]

The original advert was reworked into a sketch in which Bush writes a letter complaining about being portrayed as a moron by the media, then proceeding to “post” the letter in his toaster. The programme creators then proposed another commercial this time satirising Osama Bin Laden, and were informed that this would also be banned on the grounds that Bin Laden would have to give permission for his image to be used.

Another commercial satirised David Beckham compiling his list for Christmas, asking his wife “how do you spell DVD?”[14] The banning was later overturned on the grounds that the commercial was legitimate satire, and the commercial was shown unedited. The programme creators claimed that the controversy generated more interest in the show than the adverts could ever have done alone.[15]

For the third series each episode was extended to twenty minutes, including advertisements.

After the third series many of the original cast members, including Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Mark Perry, decided to depart the series, following an announcement that the fourth series would be extended to thirty minutes per episode. New cast members Lewis MacLeod, Kate O'Sullivan, and Enn Reitel took over. They appeared alongside the only remaining original cast member, Dave Lamb.

All four returned for the fifth series at the end of 2004, however, due to falling ratings, its broadcast occurred in the graveyard slot and the show was officially axed in December 2004.

Cast

Series 1–3

Series 4–5

All series

Episodes

No.TitleEpisode notesOriginal air dateProd.
code
1"Series 1, Episode 1"
TBA14 October 2001 (2001-10-14)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the film My Best Friend's Wedding titled My Best Friend’s Erection.
2"Series 1, Episode 2"
TBA21 October 2001 (2001-10-21)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the film The Pelican Brief titled The Pigeon Brief.
3"Series 1, Episode 3"
TBA28 October 2001 (2001-10-28)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the film Erin Brockovich titled Blair Brockovich.
4"Series 1, Episode 4"
TBA4 November 2001 (2001-11-04)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the film Forrest Gump titled Forrest Plump.
5"Series 1, Episode 5"
TBA11 November 2001 (2001-11-11)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the film Groundhog Day titled Hedgehog Day.
6"Series 1, Episode 6"
TBA18 November 2001 (2001-11-18)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the film Notting Hill titled Nothing Hill!.
7"New Year’s Special"
TBA31 December 2001 (2001-12-31)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the film Beverly Hills Cop titled Notting Hills Cop.
8"Series 2, Episode 1"
TBA27 April 2002 (2002-04-27)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the film Runaway Bride titled Runaway Dubya.
9"Series 2, Episode 2"
TBA4 May 2002 (2002-05-04)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the film Hook titled Hooker In Arack.
10"Series 2, Episode 3"
TBA11 May 2002 (2002-05-11)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the film Pretty Woman titled Pretty She Man.
11"Series 2, Episode 4"
TBA18 May 2002 (2002-05-18)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the film I Love Trouble titled I Love Tory Trouble.
12"Series 2, Episode 5"
TBA25 May 2002 (2002-05-25)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the film Sleeping with the Enemy titled Sleeping with the Tory.
13"Series 2, Episode 6"
TBA1 June 2002 (2002-06-01)TBA
This episode contains the music video for the single of Shoot the Dog, which was omitted in some British broadcasts of this episode and was cut from international reruns.[16][17]
14"Series 2: Compilation of Highlights"
TBA21 June 2002 (2002-06-21)TBA
Compilation of material from the second series.
15"Shoot The Dog"
TBA29 July 2002 (2002-07-29)TBA
Music video for the official single by 2DTV Shoot the Dog, performed by George Michael.[18][19]
16"The Very Best of 2DTV #1"
TBA6 September 2002 (2002-09-06)TBA
Sixty minute compilatio, of material from both the first and second series.
17"The Unbroadcast Sketches #1"
DVD Extra6 September 2002 (2002-09-06)TBA
Compilation of ten unbroadcast sketches from both the first and second series.
18"The Pilot Newsreader"
DVD Extra6 September 2002 (2002-09-06)TBA
Unbroadcast pilot episode of the series, recorded in September 2000.
19"The First Ever Test"
DVD Extra6 September 2002 (2002-09-06)TBA
Unbroadcast test version of the very first episode of the series, broadcast in March 2001.
20"Series 3, Episode 1"
TBA27 November 2002 (2002-11-27)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the film Monsters, Inc titled Ministers, Inc.
21"Series 3, Episode 2"
TBA4 December 2002 (2002-12-04)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the film Bad Girls titled Bad Iraqis.
22"Series 3, Episode 3"
TBA11 December 2002 (2002-12-11)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the film Life-Size titled Bush Size.
23"Series 3, Episode 4"
TBA18 December 2002 (2002-12-18)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the film Jingle All the Way titled Jingle All the War. This sketch predicted the following year’s Invasion of Iraq.
24"Series 3: Compilation of Highlights #1"
TBA5 February 2003 (2003-02-05)TBA
Compilation of material from episodes one and two of series three.
25"Series 3: Compilation of Highlights #2"
TBA12 February 2003 (2003-02-12)TBA
Compilation of material from episodes three and four of series three.
26"Series 4, Episode 1"
TBA7 March 2004 (2004-03-07)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the television series Wacky Races titled Iraqi Races.
27"Series 4, Episode 2"
TBA14 March 2004 (2004-03-14)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the film The Parent Trap titled The Dubya Trap.
28"The Complete Series 3"
TBA15 March 2004 (2004-03-15)TBA
Sixty minute compilation of all four episodes from series three.
29"The Unbroadcast Sketches #2"
DVD Extra15 March 2004 (2004-03-15)TBA
Compilation of ten unseen sketches from the third series.
30"The Banned Advert: How To Succeed Through Advertising"
DVD Extra15 March 2004 (2004-03-15)TBA
Compilation of the banned George Bush and the controversial Bin Laden adverts, first created at the end of 2002.
31"Series 4, Episode 3"
TBA21 March 2004 (2004-03-21)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the film Johnny English titled Tony English. This sketch predicted the following year’s general election.
32"Series 4, Episode 4"
TBA28 March 2004 (2004-03-28)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the film Finding Nemo titled Finding Saddam.
33"Series 4, Episode 5"
TBA4 April 2004 (2004-04-04)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the television show My Wife and Kids titled My Life and Bids.
34"Series 4, Episode 6"
TBA11 April 2004 (2004-04-11)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the television show The West Wing titled The Iraqi Wing.
35"The Very Best of 2DTV #2"
TBA1 November 2004 (2004-11-01)TBA
Sixty minute compilation of material from the fourth series.
36"The Unbroadcast Sketches #3"
DVD Extra1 November 2004 (2004-11-01)TBA
Compilation of ten unbroadcast sketches from the fourth series.
37"The Rudest Uncut Sketch – Ever"
DVD Extra1 November 2004 (2004-11-01)TBA
The show’s rudest sketch, uncut and uncensored, for the very first time.
38"The Unbroadcast Sketches #4: The Out Takes Reel"
DVD Extra1 November 2004 (2004-11-01)TBA
Compilation of ten out take sketches from the fourth series.
39"Series 5, Episode 1"
TBA8 November 2004 (2004-11-08)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the film Mean Girls titled Mean Tories.
40"Series 5, Episode 2"
TBA15 November 2004 (2004-11-15)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the television show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air titled The Fresh Prince of Blair.
41"Series 5, Episode 3"
TBA22 November 2004 (2004-11-22)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the film Coming to America titled Coming to Iraqerica.
42"Series 5, Episode 4"
TBA29 November 2004 (2004-11-29)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the film Daddy Day Care titled Tory Day Care.
43"Series 5, Episode 5"
TBA6 December 2004 (2004-12-06)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the television show Malcolm in the Middle titled Saddam in the Middle.
44"Series 5, Episode 6"
TBA13 December 2004 (2004-12-13)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the then upcoming film Herbie: Fully Loaded titled Dubya: Fully Loaded, which foreshadowed the second inauguration of George W. Bush. Another parody this episode featured was of another upcoming film Are We There Yet? titled Are We Dubya Yet?, which also foreshadowed the inauguration of George W. Bush.
45"Series 5: Compilation of Highlights"
TBA23 December 2004 (2004-12-23)TBA
46"The Complete Series 5"
TBA26 September 2005 (2005-09-26)TBA
120-minute compilation of material from the entire fifth series.
47"The Unbroadcast Sketches #5: The Paula Radcliffe Sketches"
DVD Extra26 September 2005 (2005-09-26)TBA
Compilation of unbroadcast sketches based on the athlete Paula Radcliffe.
48"The Unbroadcast Sketches #6: The Longest John Prescott Burp"
DVD Extra26 September 2005 (2005-09-26)TBA
Compilation of unbroadcast sketches featuring John Prescott burping.
49"The Unbroadcast Sketches #7: The Queen Passing Wind"
DVD Extra26 September 2005 (2005-09-26)TBA
Compilation of unbroadcast sketches featuring The Queen farting.
50"The Very Best of 2DTV #3"
TBA18 September 2007 (2007-09-18)TBA
International compilation broadcast of material from all five seasons of the show.

References

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  2. ^ "ITV's satire show Headcases to be more than Spitting Images lookalike". thetimes.co.uk. 5 April 2008. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
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  8. ^ "Golden Rose 2002: UK nominees". news.bbc.co.uk. 7 March 2002. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
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  12. ^ "Satire ads banned for Bush 'insult'". news.bbc.co.uk. 27 November 2002. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  13. ^ "Satire ad ban 'too hasty'". news.bbc.co.uk. 29 November 2002. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  14. ^ "2DTV ad irks regulators". osborneclarke.com. 12 December 2002. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
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