BBC4 to revisit satirical puppet show “Spitting Image”

The British network's flagship arts strand 'Arena' is to air a documentary marking the 30th anniversary of Spitting Image (pictured) this spring.
January 7, 2014

BBC4 arts strand ‘Arena’ is to air a documentary marking the 30th anniversary of British satirical puppet show Spitting Image (pictured).

The show aired from 1984 to 1996 on UK network ITV and featured puppet caricatures of politicians, athletes and celebrities of the day, including former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the Rolling Stones, the British royal family and media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

Due to air this spring, Arena: Whatever Happened To Spitting Image?  will reunite creators Peter Fluck and Roger Law, and producer John Lloyd, to reassess the show’s legacy by delving into its history, technical production, creative achievements and controversies.

Producers will also track down and visit the retired puppets, which were auctioned off at Sotheby’s in 2000.

“I made a film about Fluck and Law in 1980, some years before Spitting Image was made, so it’s great to be able to revisit their distinctive contribution to Britain’s television history,” said ‘Arena’ series editor Anthony Wall in a statement.

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