Characters from Headcases. From left to right: Vladimir Putin, President Ahmadinejad, Trevor McDonald, Pete Doherty, Piers Morgan, Victoria Beckham, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, David Beckham, Prince William, Tom Cruise, Prince Harry, Dame Helen Mirren.

Headcases

A satirical comedy series from former Spitting Image lead writer Henry Naylor. The characters are animated using ground-breaking 3D CGI

AKA:
CGI Britain (Working Title)
Genre:
Sketch Show
Broadcast:
2008  (ITV)
Episodes:
8 (1 series)
Starring:
Adam Longworth, Rory Bremner, Dan Skinner, Omid Djalili, Justin Edwards, Tom Hollander, Jess Robinson, Jon Culshaw, Lucy Porter, Lucy Montgomery, Lewis Macleod
Writers:
Andy Riley, Kevin Cecil, Colin Birch, Richard Ward, Carl Carter, Tony Cooke, Kevin Day, Daniel Maier, Ged Parsons, David Quantick, Richie Webb
Production:
Red Vision

Each episode of Headcases focuses on topical issues from the week that was, putting a humorous spin on the worlds of celebrity, sport and politics in an attempt to make the audience realise that A-listers are human after all - and perhaps more disgraceful than we could ever imagine.

Our Review: In our eyes Headcases made an above-average entrance into the difficult world of topical satire. Each episode featured at least a couple of great sketches.

The show did have a few flaws though... some of its sketches relied on weak, lazy and old stereotypes; some of the voices didn't sound enough like the real celebrity and, the biggest problem of all, the computer animation made the comedy quite 'cold'. A fair few people have commented on this... although the computer animation is clearly very advanced, it has taken the soul out of the comedy.

Anyway, it was a welcome this successor to Spitting Image and 2DTV and hope it can return for more (there were rumours it would return for a second series with new characters including Sir Alan Sugar and Cheryl Cole, but the new episodes have still yet to materialise).