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TateShots: Rude Britannia - Spitting Image

The satirical puppet TV series Spitting Image ruled the British airwaves in the 1980s by bringing to life vicious caricatures of public figures. We caught up with Roger Law, half of the creative team behind the show, during a photoshoot for the Radio Times in the run up to Britain's recent general election. The work of Spitting Image appears in Tate Britain's new exhibition of comic art, Rude Britannia, and in this film Roger shows off an original puppet of Margaret Thatcher, explains how the great British satirist James Gillray landed a cameo role in the show, and tells us why sending up politicians today is far less fun than it used to be. Rude Britannia, Tate Britain, 9 June 5 September 2010
Length: 04:25


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