Artist Roger Law on plans for a new Spitting Image show

Famous satirist Roger Law says he’s been asked to make a new version of the hit TV show Spitting Image, which poked fun at politicians and celebrities during the 80s and 90s, but he warns the cost of making it could mean it never happens.

Rumours surfaced last year that the American broadcaster HBO was interested in commissioning a US version of the satirical show in the wake of the surprise election of Donald Trump. He’s even made a Trump puppet which he revealed as part of an exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich.

Now, speaking to UEA journalism, Roger Law has confirmed he has been in talks with TV production companies in the UK as well and says now is the right time to bring satire back to our screens, “as long as I don’t have to do it for too long because I’m too old.”

The artist now makes ceramics and his work – old and new – is on display at the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich until 3rd April, but he is best known as the co-creator of the caricature puppets with Peter Fluck.

Roger Law told us he’d really like to make puppets of Theresa May, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, who he described as a “weasel.”

But he warns the show might not happen because it is so expensive to produce, as each puppet needs to be made by hand.

He spoke to UEA journalism student Ivy Zhang who asked him if he thought there would be another Spitting Image show anytime soon:

ROGER LAW: FROM SATIRE TO CERAMICS is on at the Sainbury Centre at the University of East Anglia until 3 April 2018. Photo by Deirdre Amsden courtesy of the Sainbury Centre.

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