THE SPITTING IMAGE BOOK (THE INEVITABLE 2)
BRAND / Central Television Production, Faber & Faber, DESCRIPTION / "British satirical television puppet show, created by Peter Fluck, Roger Law and Martin Lambie-Nairn. The first broadcast on February 1984, the series was produced by 'Spitting Image Productions' for Central Independent Television over 18 series which aired on the ITV network. The series was nominated and won numerous awards, including ten BAFTA Television Awards, and two Emmy Awards in 1985 and 1986 in the Popular Arts Category.
The series features puppet caricatures of celebrities prominent during the 1980s and 1990s, including British Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major and other politicians, US president Ronald Reagan, and the British Royal Family; the series was the first to caricature Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (as an elderly gin-drinker with a Beryl Reid voice).
One of the most-watched shows of the 1980s and early 1990s, Spitting Image satirised politics, entertainment, sport and British popular culture of the era. At its peak, it was watched by 15 million people. The popularity of the show saw collaborations with musicians, including Phil Collins and Sting. The series was cancelled in 1996 after viewing figures declined. ITV had plans for a new series in 2006, but these were scrapped after a dispute over the Ant & Dec puppets used to host Best Ever Spitting Image, which was created against Roger Law's wishes. In 2018, Law donated his entire archive Ð including scripts, puppet moulds, drawings and recordings Ð to Cambridge University. In September 2019, Law announced the show would be returning with a new series." , SIZE / 8x11" , SOURCE & PROVENANCE / est. 1988-1991s, NOTES / Very rare collectable