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Happy thirtieth Birthday ‘Spitting Image’: celebrate at the Cartoon Museum’s new show

Posted at 4:30 pm, February 26, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
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‘Her Majesty The Queen’ by Spitting Image Workshop.  Photograph by John Lawrence Jones.
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Back in the good ol’ days of 1980s television, it wasn’t all about celebrity endorsed reality game shows, but a bunch of satirical puppets taking the piss out of modern life.

Thirty years ago today, ‘Spitting Image’ hit our screens at 10pm and changed the face of TV. Not since James Gillray’s caricatures had there been such a veritable feast of mischievous pokes at modern society, with the Royals, celebrities and a host of politicians bearing the brunt of witty reproach in its humorous skits.

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‘Thatcher Cutting Up Britain’ by Spitting Image Workshop.  Photograph by Spitting Image Workshop.
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To celebrate the occasion, the Cartoon Museum has opened an exhibition honouring its creators Peter Fluck and Roger Law, old school pals from the newspaper world. The display of drawings, photographs and of course a few puppets remind us of how this duo – along with their talented contributors – cleverly brought the news into our front rooms with farcical sketches that parodied the likes of Margaret Thatcher, the Queen Mother, Ronald Regan, Michael Jackson, John McEnroe and Joan Collins. Freire Barnes

 Find out more about Spitting Image: From Start to Finish.

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Action Man – Michael Heseltine by Spitting Image Workshop. Dog by Scott Brooker.  Photograph by John Lawrence Jones.  
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