In the UK we have a fine tradition of gallows humour, defined in the Cambridge Dictionary as “jokes or humorous remarks that are made about unpleasant or worrying subjects such as death and illness.” Spitting Image was a satirical puppet show which ran on UK television from February 1984 to February 1996. It was adapted and adopted around the world. more
Dark humour suits the national mood as we go from one fiasco to another.
The show ran through the later Thatcher years and the much of the John Major period engine a year before Tony Blair became the prime minister. #
Now it is to return to BritBox, Britbox UK’s first original commission from autumn this year – two series have been commissioned.
Roger Law, Spitting Image co-creator and Executive Producer, said:
“PUBLIC SERVICE SATIRE ANNOUNCEMENT. I’ve refused to resuscitate Spitting Image for years but when my pension ran out and my palm was crossed with silver what could an old man do? The new Spitting Image will be global through a uniquely British eye, it will be more outrageous, audacious and salacious than the previous incarnation. With scandalous scripts and A-List characters, it will be the people’s programme! When Dominic Cummings finally gets the boot, Spitting Image will give him a job. We’ve always employed weirdos and are sure Dom will be a great asset, he seems to hate politicians as much as we do. We will take back control from the likes of BoJo, Trump, Harry & Meghan, Elon Musk, and Kim Kardashian. We will be dazzled and amazed by Jurgen Klopp & Beyonce, we will have regular weather updates from our roving reporter Greta Thunberg. The timing is right, the puppets are ready, the people have spoken. And the message for the doomsayers and gloomsters is, this autumn we will get BritBox done!”