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It's been a whopping 30 years since Spitting Image first hit our screens on ITV in 1984. The satirical puppet show quickly became one of the most-watched shows of the 1980s and early 1990s.
I wasn't able to fully appreciate the series when it was first on TV. When I watched it in the early '90s as a child, I found it funny mainly because of the silly puppets, even if I didn't quite understand what was going on. But in retrospective viewings, it still holds up as a genuinely hilarious satire of politics, entertainment, sport and general UK culture of the era.
It's quite incredible to think that Spitting Image hasn't been on air since 1996. To put that into perspective, the Spice Girls had only just been unleashed, Tony Blair hadn't been elected yet, and Lorde had only just been born.
As a show that is heavily reliant on topical »
The Cartoon Museum has announced its Spitting Image - From Start to Finish exhibition.
Arriving later in February, it will mark the 30th anniversary of the launch of the satirical television show.
"All your favourite characters, from the programme created by Roger Law, Peter Fluck and John Lloyd, will be under one roof - these include Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Richard Branson, Michael Jackson and the odd Royal Family face," said the museum.
It will explore the collaboration between creators Fluck and Law - including their previous work for National Lampoon and Der Spiegle - with a collection of sketches and photographs.
Spitting Image - From Start to Finish will launch on February 26 (30 years to the day of the first episode's debut) and end »
Back in 2012, actors Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules and Robert Llewellyn reprised their roles as Lister, Rimmer, The Cat and Kryten for Red Dwarf X, the first full series of the classic British sci-fi sitcom to hit our screens in over a decade. Flickering Myth's Villordsutch caught up with Robert Llewellyn this past week and asked Robert how he felt about returning to the much-loved character for the latest series:
"There is no question that Red Dwarf has become a very big part of my life since 1989, it’s been a massive privilege to be involved and I count the cast as some of my best mates so it’s always fun to work with them. I essentially worship the ground Doug Naylor walks on so I am always full of admiration for his insights and the incredible effort he puts into writing the scripts. When we sit down »
- Gary Collinson
The space sitcom, which stars Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules, Craig Charles and Robert Llewellyn, returned for its first full series in over a decade in 2012. The show's 10th series brought in record ratings for UKTV's Dave channel and the cast have all expressed an interest in returning for series 11.
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Doug Naylor posted on Twitter in October that Dave still hadn't commissioned series 11, but actor John-Jules said that hadn't stopped the writer cracking on with scripts.
"Doug Naylor is writing as we speak. He told me off for ringing him up the other day and asking about it," said John-Jules. "He said I was interfering with his writing."
He also partially explained why there has been so little news about the new series, »
Arena: Whatever Happened To Spitting Image? will mark the 30th anniversary of the classic satirical puppet show.
It will also discover where the iconic puppets currently live, after they were sold off at auction back in 2000.
Arena will find out how the puppets were created, and meet several team members including puppet-mould makers, designers, puppeteers, impressionists, writers and directors.
It will also ponder whether there is a gap in the TV market for such a satirical programme today, following its 17-year absence.
Anthony Wall, Series Editor of Arena, said: "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. »
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