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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)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Giles Pilbrow
Running time10-30 mins.
Original networkITV
Original release14 October 2001 (2001-10-14) - 23 December 2004 (2004-12-23)

2DTV is a British satirical animated television show that was broadcast on ITV in the United Kingdom from October 2001 to December 2004. Lasting a total of five series and thirty three episodes, 2DTV became the successor of the popular television series from the 1980s, Spitting Image, and the predecessor of ITV satirical animation from 2008, Headcases.


2DTV employed the same satirical style as Spitting Image, but used animation rather than puppets. The animation was produced using computer graphics, frequently with animators working up to the day of broadcast. Series producer Giles Pilbrow was a 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 a resident newsreader, played by Alistair McGowan, however, his character was not carried over when a full seven part first series was commissioned by ITV. Each episode in the first series lasted ten minutes.

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

In November 2002, a commercial for the home media compilation, The Best of 2DTV, was banned by the BACC. The commercial depicted George W. Bush taking a VHS out of its case, and putting it in a toaster. Ofcom stated that advertisements for products cannot appear to be endorsed by someone without their permission - in this case George W. Bush.

The original advert was reworked into a sketch in which Bush writes a letter complaining about his portrayal in the media as a moron, then "posts" the letter in a toaster. The programme creators then proposed a commercial 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 by compiling his list for Christmas and asking his wife, "how do you spell DVD?".[2]

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 had generated more interest in the show than the adverts could ever have done alone.[3] 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. As such, new cast members Lewis MacLeod, Kate O'Sullivan and Enn Reitel were drafted in to take over. They appeared alongside the only remaining original cast member, Dave Lamb. All four returned for a fifth series in 2004, however, due to falling ratings, its broadcast occurred in the graveyard slot, and as such, the show was axed in December 2004.


Series 1-3

Series 4-5

All series


No.TitleEpisode notesOriginal air dateProd.
1"Series 1, Episode 1"TBA14 October 2001 (2001-10-14)TBA
2"Series 1, Episode 2"TBA21 October 2001 (2001-10-21)TBA
3"Series 1, Episode 3"TBA28 October 2001 (2001-10-28)TBA
4"Series 1, Episode 4"TBA4 November 2001 (2001-11-04)TBA
5"Series 1, Episode 5"TBA11 November 2001 (2001-11-11)TBA
6"Series 1, Episode 6"TBA18 November 2001 (2001-11-18)TBA
7"New Year's Special"TBA31 December 2001 (2001-12-31)TBA
8"Series 2, Episode 1"TBA27 April 2002 (2002-04-27)TBA
9"Series 2, Episode 2"TBA4 May 2002 (2002-05-04)TBA
10"Series 2, Episode 3"TBA11 May 2002 (2002-05-11)TBA
11"Series 2, Episode 4"TBA18 May 2002 (2002-05-18)TBA
12"Series 2, Episode 5"TBA25 May 2002 (2002-05-25)TBA
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.
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 2DTV single, Shoot the Dog, performed by George Michael.
16"The Very Best of 2DTV #1"TBA6 September 2002 (2002-09-06)TBA
Sixty minute compilation 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, that was 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, that was broadcast in March 2001.
20"Series 3, Episode 1"TBA27 November 2002 (2002-11-27)TBA
21"Series 3, Episode 2"TBA4 December 2002 (2002-12-04)TBA
22"Series 3, Episode 3"TBA11 December 2002 (2002-12-11)TBA
23"Series 3, Episode 4"TBA18 December 2002 (2002-12-18)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the film Jingle All the Way, entitled 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, entitled Iraqi Races.
27"Series 4, Episode 2"TBA14 March 2004 (2004-03-14)TBA
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 in 2002.
31"Series 4, Episode 3"TBA21 March 2004 (2004-03-21)TBA
This episode featured a parody of the film Johnny English, entitled Tony English. This sketch predicted the following year's general election.
32"Series 4, Episode 4"TBA28 March 2004 (2004-03-28)TBA
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, entitled My Life and Bids.
34"Series 4, Episode 6"TBA11 April 2004 (2004-04-11)TBA
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
40"Series 5, Episode 2"TBA15 November 2004 (2004-11-15)TBA
41"Series 5, Episode 3"TBA22 November 2004 (2004-11-22)TBA
42"Series 5, Episode 4"TBA29 November 2004 (2004-11-29)TBA
43"Series 5, Episode 5"TBA6 December 2004 (2004-12-06)TBA
44"Series 5, Episode 6"TBA13 December 2004 (2004-12-13)TBA
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 series of the show.

See also


  1. ^ "Tim Searle". IMDb.
  2. ^ "2DTV ad irks regulators". osborneclarke.com. December 17, 2002. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "YouTube". www.youtube.com.

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