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Spitting Image team reunites for 30th anniversary

Spitting Image team reunites for 30th anniversary
Pippa Considine
07 January 2014

The creative team behind ITV satire Spitting Image will reunite for a show marking its 30th anniversary on BBC Four's Arena.

Arena: Whatever Happened To Spitting Image?
will tell the story of the genesis of the puppet show, with contributions from caricaturists Peter Fluck, Roger Law and TV producer John Lloyd.

Spanning the early years of Margaret Thatcher’s government to the end of John Major’s, Spitting Image puppets were finally auctioned off in 2000. The programme sets out to discover where they now reside and who is taking care of them.

Revealing the technical achievement of the series, Arena will meet the caricaturists, puppet-mould makers, designers, puppeteers, impressionists, writers and directors who worked on the weekly show. And, tracing its journey through 12 years of huge audience figures and weekly controversy to its eventual demise, Arena will ask what Spitting Image got right, where it went wrong and whether its absence the last 17 years has left a hole in the schedules that has yet to be filled by modern broadcasting.

Anthony Wall, series editor of Arena, says: “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.”

Cassian Harrison, channel editor for BBC Four, says: “It’s a testament to Arena’s success and eclectic tastes that they’ve secured access to the Spitting Image team, and this is a timely opportunity for Arena to look back at one of television’s most extraordinary satirical successes.”

Arena: Whatever Happened To Spitting Image? will air on BBC Four in the spring.

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