Am looking forward to a documentary tonight about the former satirical programme
Like just about everyone else, I was a bit of a fan at the time, and fully enjoyed it's unremitting savagery against it's targets, the fact that I was a teenager at the time, feeling angry about the things that went on, and seeing S.I. as a voice for how I felt (perhaps in the same way many baby boomers felt about That Was The Week That Was or Beyond the Fringe) helped enormously.
And it is missed, although by the time it finished in 1996 it had run out of steam, it is still remembered for some of it's sharp edges. Personal favourites of mine include John Major and some of his cabinet colleagues going into a cellar under a pub at night and not being able to find any barrels, taps, etc.., having arranged a Party there. Or Ronald Reagan running with Duracel batteries against three elderly soviet leaders (Brezhnev, Andropov, and Chernenko )who used ordinary batteries, and a couple which are mentioned in Wikipedia's entry on S.I. :
Geoffrey Howe and Leon Brittan are standing at the men's urinal in a single sex toilet and Margaret Thatcher walks in and goes to the toilet next to them standing up. After she leaves Howe turns to Brittan and confides: "I can never go when she's in here."
Margaret Thatcher and her Cabinet are in a restaurant. After Thatcher proclaims "Steak, I'll have the steak", the waitress asks: "And what about the vegetables?", to which Thatcher replied: "Oh, they'll have the same as me."
and one which might be topical at the moment!:
England football manager Graham Taylor giving a team talk to his players, with Paul Gascoigne being given instructions to "create space, get into a good position – next to the photographer" with further tactics involving alcohol and Page 3 girls to follow. Gary Lineker, befitting his conversely clean-cut image of the time, is accused of being unprofessional when he says he wants to do some laps and weights before getting an early night prior to the game.
Anyway watch it if you can. It's on just after 10PM on ITV.