Co-creator of Spitting Image says new series will target Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin
PUBLISHED: 14:29 30 September 2019 | UPDATED: 14:29 30 September 2019
The Norfolk co-creator of Spitting Image said the “chaotic” state of politics had prompted the television satire’s revival.
Twenty-three years after it was last broadcast, co-creator Roger Law has confirmed that Spitting Image is set to return to screens.
Mr Law, who lives in Wells on the north Norfolk coast, said the puppet show would target global figures such as Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
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A pilot has already been filmed, and British production company Avalon hopes to write the new series in the US and film it in Britain.
Producers are in advanced discussions with US-based networks to bring this very British brand of satire to the wider world.
The 78-year-old told The Guardian he wanted to resurrect the programme as a "public service satire" in response to the current state of politics.
He said: "It's pretty chaotic out there. As far as I'm concerned, it's better than shouting at the television set, isn't it? So I thought, let's give it a go."
Mr Law told the EDP last November that the time was right for a US revival of the show.
He said: "I can out-gross the Donald. Armando Iannucci said you can't satire Trump because he does it to himself, but with puppets I think it's do-able. He's got a massive backside, for a start."
"Trump has made America so divisive, not unlike how it was with Margaret Thatcher here.
"When you have people who are really abrasive and irresponsible, they work well as disgusting and violent caricature puppets.
"And Trump absolutely hates the idea of being mocked, which makes it even better."
Spitting Image was originally on ITV from 1984 to 1996 and attracted 15 million viewers at its peak.
Mr Law said on his website: "When the show closed, I transported myself to Australia.
"I had lost my appetite for modelling caricatures. I drew and painted Australia's strange flora and fauna.
"I felt I was reconnecting with the natural world around me.
"My formative years were spent in the Norfolk Fens in the 1940s and 50s where much of the flora and fauna of that era have vanished."
He also makes drawings for ceramics which he works on in Jingdezhen, China's 'porcelain city'.