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The Long-Awaited Return Of Spitting Image

A piece of British history could be yours ...

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Spitting Image is due to return to our screens soon. It's certainly long overdue considering the current political climate ...

Denis and Alan are up for sale so I can fund The Arches Theatre!

Denis and Alan are up for sale so I can fund The Arches Theatre!

I tend to buy interesting items from TV when they become available, and a number of years ago, I invested in two Spitting Image puppets because, well, Spitting Image is brilliant, it was part of my defining years and both the Denis Thatcher and Alan Bennett puppets couldn't be further away from each other politically.

"I did look at a Maggie Thatcher puppet, but they were going for £9,000 which was a bit out of my price range!"

So, now I'm putting Denis and Alan on the market and am open to offers. I want to raise money for The Arches Theatre as we're totally unfunded and I always look at ways to make money for my pet projects.

So, the time has come for them to be offered for sale as I've had some fun and publicity out of them so they should go to a new home if anyone wants them. They only made one of each of these characters. As you know they were made by Fluck and Law and are historic pieces and never will they come up for sale again.

One thing you can be sure of is that like The Beatles autographs, they won't go down in value. A piece of British history could be yours! They are available for £3,950 each and you're welcome to come and have a look at them to help you with your decision.

"Would you like to know more?"

If you'd like to find out more about my Spitting Image puppets then do give me a call on 01234 241357 or click here to ping me an email and let's see how I can help you.

Until next time ...


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More about David Pibworth ...

David is the owner and Artistic Director of The Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes near Milton Keynes. Productions are underneath some flood arches on the disused Midland railway line (Bedford to Northampton). It is equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. You bring your food, drink and chairs and enjoy the varied shows that are produced. This year - 2022 - there are 12 productions on throughout the season, from Shakespeare to Ripping Yarns plus a music weekend.

David has been involved in 'Light Ent' for many years, working with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson adapting the scripts of 'Steptoe and Son' and those of Tony Hancock to the stage. He has produced shows for Norman Wisdom (which makes him feel old), Al Murray, and Joe Pasquale amongst others, and also worked in the music business promoting and producing shows with Chas and Dave, Neil Inness, Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and others of that ilk.

He is also the director of a film school for young people in his home town of Olney as well as supporting many local events.

He recently negotiated permission from Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to stage a short run of 'Porridge' on stage which proved a success.

This year the annual charity performance at The Arches Theatre will be the last of 'Ripping Yarns' by Michael Palin and Terry Jones, with the profits being donated to The National Brain Appeal' for research into dementia as David's father and uncle died of it, as did Michael Palin's friend and writing partner Terry Jones. Last year they raised an astonishing £10,000 and are hoping to get somewhere close again with the support of audiences and sponsors.

David also has a stage hire company and his wife Julie runs a livery yard, so they are surrounded by horses, dogs, light entertainment and and a 17 year old daughter.

He plays in a comedy jazz band and collects strange props such as the Spitting Image puppets of Denis Thatcher and Alan Bennett, the child catchers bike from the stage show of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and various other 'things' all of which he sells to raise money for the Arches Theatre, although he always finds it hard to part from these props. However as the theatre receives no funding at all, he is always devising ways to keep it going! Sponsors are always welcome!


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