Inspired by the British series Spitting Image, Gibson Group's Public Eye features latex puppets based on drawings by cartoonist Trace Hodgson and built by a team headed by future Weta FX maestro, Richard Taylor. Highlights from the first episode include a boxing match between former finance minister Ruth Richardson and Winston Peters; Helen Clark's attempts to convince a bunch of labour party ministers to enforce a ban on pornography; and cricketer Richard Hadlee's failure to promote a life insurance company while being interviewed by Keith Quinn.
Richard Taylor, who is making an Ellie Smith puppet, takes some white lumps out of the microwave. "I'll just start pushing the margarine around to get the shape - she's going to be very tricky."– 'Public Puppetry' - NZ Listener, 22 October 1988