Spitting Picture archives donated to Cambridge College (News)


Roger Law and the Spitting Image puppet of Margaret Thatcher

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Spitting Picture co-creator and caricaturist Roger Regulation with the donated puppet of Margaret Thatcher

The co-creator of TV satire collection Spitting Picture is donating his whole archive to Cambridge College.

The gathering – together with unique scripts, puppet moulds, drawings and recordings – shall be conserved and held within the library.

Spitting Picture parodied political leaders, celebrities and royals over 18 collection, and was broadcast by ITV from 1984 to 1996.

Roger Regulation stated the fabric can be “in the correct place, it is come residence”.

Among the many archives is a rubber puppet of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, caricatured with a wide-eyed stare and distinguished nostril.

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The TV present parodied massive names from the 1980s and 1990s, together with members of the Royal Household

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An excerpt from the 1984 pilot script for Spitting Picture

No-one in her cupboard or opposition was resistant to the present’s satirical scrutiny and exaggerated impressions.

The customarily-controversial programme additionally featured distinguished sports activities stars and celebrities, in addition to senior members of the Royal Household.

A lot of the donated assortment has been stored in containers at Mr Regulation’s residence, or in “three sea containers out within the Cambridgeshire Fens”.

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An unique sketch of footballer and pundit Jimmy Greaves

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A pencil sketch of French footballer Eric Cantona

Mr Regulation, who studied on the Cambridge Faculty of Artwork and commenced his affiliation with co-creator Peter Fluck within the metropolis, stated the college’s library was the very best place for the gathering.

“I hoped the banks of the Ouse would break and it could all go into the North Sea however that is higher,” he stated.

“I additionally thought the present would die a dying as a result of no-one had completed it earlier than, I by no means thought it could be like a heater within the nook of the room, gently warming your knees.

“I knew folks would react to it, like Marmite.”

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The gathering contains unique scripts from the present’s 18-series run

The physique of donated work contains each script from the present, together with that of a 1985 pilot that was by no means broadcast.

There are millions of visible photographs, in addition to particular person sketches, magazines and books and greater than 400 movies.

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World leaders and TV personalities weren’t immune from the satire

The College’s library is residence to a number of the world’s most essential public information, together with the unique work and correspondence of Charles Darwin, and the papers of Sir Isaac Newton.

Librarian Dr Jessica Gardner described the gathering as a “nationwide treasure”.

“Spitting Picture was anarchic, it was artistic, it entered the general public creativeness like nothing else from that period,” she stated.

“It’s a unprecedented political and historic file. Nice satire holds up a mirror, it questions and challenges.”

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The gathering contains dozens of photographic slides

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This slide reveals former Labour chief Neil Kinnock

Mr Regulation’s spouse, archivist Deirdre Amsden, listed and organised each merchandise within the donated assortment over the course of 5 years.

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Mr Regulation stated he was not a fan of puppetry nevertheless it was a “means to an finish”.

“The beauty of Spitting Picture was that there have been writers, puppet makers and puppeteers however there have been no stars,” he stated.

“You may say the belongings you wished to say with knobs on with puppets – like Mr Punch.

“Puppets don’t have any brokers, they do not reply again, and you could possibly put them in a cabinet. Nice.”

The anarchic present that pulled a punch – and 15 million viewers

  • Spitting Picture was created by caricaturists Peter Fluck, Roger Regulation and Martin Lambie-Nairn
  • At its top it pulled in an viewers of 15 million viewers
  • It was nominated for 9 BAFTA Tv Awards (profitable two) and 4 Emmys in 1985 and 1986
  • A lot of Margaret Thatcher’s Cupboard was parodied, with Douglas Hurd depicted with “Mr Whippy ice cream” hair, and her successor John Main caricatured as a gray, uninteresting puppet with a penchant for peas
  • World leaders have been additionally stereotyped, with Mikhail Gorbachev’s brow birthmark redrawn as a hammer and sickle
  • The collection was axed in 1996 due to declining audiences


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