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2DTV Title Card
Created by Giles Pilbrow
Georgia Pritchett
Directed by Tim Searle[1]
Starring Jon Culshaw
Jan Ravens
Mark Perry
Lewis MacLeod
Kate O'Sullivan
Enn Reitel
Dave Lamb
Alistair McGowan (Pilot)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Producer(s) Giles Pilbrow
Running time 10-30 mins.
Original network ITV
Original release 14 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 popular 80's TV series Spitting Image, and the predecessor of 2008 ITV satirical animation 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. A second seven-episode series began broadcasting in April 2002, 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 2DTV characters, performing the song. In late 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-makers 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. The banning was later overturned on the grounds that the commercial was legitimate satire, and the commercial was shown unedited. The programme-makers claimed that the controversy had generated more interest in the show than the adverts could ever have done alone.[2] 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 early 2005.


Series 1–3[edit]

Series 4–5[edit]

All Series[edit]


# Title Episode notes Original air date Prod #
1 "Series 1, Episode 1" 14 October 2001
2 "Series 1, Episode 2" 21 October 2001
3 "Series 1, Episode 3" 28 October 2001
4 "Series 1, Episode 4" 4 November 2001
5 "Series 1, Episode 5" 11 November 2001
6 "Series 1, Episode 6" 18 November 2001
7 "New Year's Special" 31 December 2001
8 "Series 2, Episode 1" 27 April 2002
9 "Series 2, Episode 2" 4 May 2002
10 "Series 2, Episode 3" 11 May 2002
11 "Series 2, Episode 4" 18 May 2002
12 "Series 2, Episode 5" 25 May 2002
13 "Series 2, Episode 6" 1 June 2002
14 "Series 2: Compilation of Highlights" 21 June 2002
Compilation of material from the second series.
15 "Shoot The Dog" 29 July 2002
Music video for the official 2DTV single, Shoot the Dog, performed by George Michael.
16 "The Very Best of 2DTV #1" 6 September 2002
Sixty minute compilation of material from both the first and second series.
17 "The Unbroadcast Sketches #1" DVD Extra 6 September 2002
Compilation of ten unbroadcast sketches from both the first and second series.
18 "The Pilot Newsreader" DVD Extra 6 September 2002
Unbroadcast pilot episode of the series that was recorded in September 2000.
19 "The First Ever Test" DVD Extra 6 September 2002
Unbroadcast test version of the very first episode of the series that was broadcast in March 2001.
20 "Series 3, Episode 1" 27 November 2002
21 "Series 3, Episode 2" 4 December 2002
22 "Series 3, Episode 3" 11 December 2002
23 "Series 3, Episode 4" 18 December 2002
24 "Series 3: Compilation of Highlights #1" 5 February 2003
Compilation of material from episodes one and two of series three.
25 "Series 3: Compilation of Highlights #2" 12 February 2003
Compilation of material from episodes three and four of series three.
26 "Series 4, Episode 1" 7 March 2004
27 "Series 4, Episode 2" 14 March 2004
28 "The Complete Series 3" 15 March 2004
Sixty-minute compilation of all four episodes from series three.
29 "The Unbroadcast Sketches #2" DVD Extra 15 March 2004
Compilation of ten unseen sketches from the third series.
30 "The Banned Advert: How To Succeed Through Advertising" DVD Extra 15 March 2004
Compilation of the banned George Bush and the controversial Bin Laden adverts, first created in 2002.
31 "Series 4, Episode 3" 21 March 2004
32 "Series 4, Episode 4" 28 March 2004
33 "Series 4, Episode 5" 4 April 2004
34 "Series 4, Episode 6" 11 April 2004
35 "The Very Best of 2DTV #2" 1 November 2004
Sixty-minute compilation of material from the fourth series.
36 "The Unbroadcast Sketches #3" DVD Extra 1 November 2004
Compilation of ten unbroadcast sketches from the fourth series.
37 "The Rudest Uncut Sketch - Ever" DVD Extra 1 November 2004
The show's rudest sketch, uncut and uncensored for the very first time.
38 "The Unbroadcast Sketches #4: The Out-Takes Reel" DVD Extra 1 November 2004
Compilation of ten out-take sketches from the fourth series.
39 "Series 5, Episode 1" 8 November 2004
40 "Series 5, Episode 2" 15 November 2004
41 "Series 5, Episode 3" 22 November 2004
42 "Series 5, Episode 4" 29 November 2004
43 "Series 5, Episode 5" 6 December 2004
44 "Series 5, Episode 6" 13 December 2004
45 "Series 5: Compilation of Highlights" 23 December 2004
46 "The Complete Series 5" 26 September 2005
120-minute compilation of material from the entire fifth series.
47 "The Unbroadcast Sketches #5: The Paula Radcliffe Sketches" DVD Extra 26 September 2005
Compilation of unbroadcast sketches based on the athlete Paula Radcliffe.
48 "The Unbroadcast Sketches #6: The Longest John Prescott Burp" DVD Extra 26 September 2005
Compilation of unbroadcast sketches featuring John Prescott burping.
49 "The Unbroadcast Sketches #7: The Queen Passing Wind" DVD Extra 26 September 2005
Compilation of unbroadcast sketches featuring The Queen farting.
50 "The Very Best of 2DTV #3" 18 September 2007
International compilation broadcast of material from all five series of the show.

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