‘The more complaints we got, the better’ – how Spitting Image redefined satire

‘The more complaints we got, the better’ – how Spitting Image redefined satire

October 1, 2020

Roy Hattersley, Ian Hislop and other writers, actors and puppeteers reveal what made the original show a success and why we need it now more than ever

‘The taxi driver who took my wife and I out to dinner last week said: ‘Are you really Roy Hattersley?’” says the former deputy leader of the Labour party Roy Hattersley. “I said: ‘I really am!’ He said: ‘You were famous! You were on Spitting Image!’”

The satirical puppet show was watched by up to 15 million people in its heyday between 1984 and 1996, and is now set to return to our screens – if you subscribe to BritBox that is – with co-creator Roger Law at the helm, and a new wave of writers, voice artists and puppeteers and an Adele-to-Xi Jinping of puppets all raring to take us back to the 80s.

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