“Television has lost its courage,” said the Spitting Image maestro after the cancellation | Tech Reddy
Atirical puppet show Spitting Image has been canceled after two years on BritBox but John Lloyd, the man who produced the series in the Eighties, is not surprised.
“The political debate has lost interest,” he tells The Londoner. “I come from a different time when broadcasters were brave and didn’t care what people thought.” Lloyd also produced QI and Blackadder.
Spitting Image ran from 1984 to 1996, channeling politicians such as Margaret Thatcher and drawing 15 million viewers an episode. Lloyd says: “It’s a healthy thing that television should always be ripping off this prime minister,” says Lloyd, “and that didn’t really happen. We as a country are known for laughing at ourselves!”
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Farage can’t take the tube
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Last night in town
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