Oh dear. There’s a horrifying piece in today’s Independent. Almost as horrifying as that site design; a website is not a newspaper, and putting things into columns just means you have to scroll back up again to read the fucking thing. But I digress:
Here’s some news to send a shiver down the spines of politicians and celebrities everywhere.
There are moves afoot for a new run of Spitting Image shows, being spearheaded by Jon Culshaw. The comedian, who writes Dead Ringers and did the voices of more than 40 characters on the satirical puppet show, tells me that the cast is ready to reform and cut the current crop of public figures down to size.
“We, the producers, the cast and everyone have been discussing it and we’d love to get back together. I am actually working with one of the producers from Spitting Image on Dead Ringers now so, to that extent, part of the team is already working together.
“We’re talking to ITV about it: we’re just waiting to hear whether they are prepared to put the money up for a couple of series. It’s expensive to make the puppets but if we can persuade them that the time’s right for a return, it’ll be back.”
This, of course, comes after the John Lloyd attempt seemingly failed. I won’t waste too much energy on deconstructing this; suffice to say that Jon Culshaw has never made me laugh, and I have severe doubts that any revival spearheaded by him would be any good whatsoever. Sigh.
Thanks to tim_e on NOTBBC’s Comedy Forum for the info; and thanks to Vintage Times for the piccy. Not that I asked them if I could use it, of course. Erm, sorry about that. Go there though, as its great.
UPDATE: 14:45, 26th July by Ian With respect, John, that’s utter shash. Nev “Cunting” Fountain, also on the Comedy Forum, says this:
This is utter nonsense of the nonsensical kind. Jon was asked by Mr Pandora at a junket if he thought it would be a good idea to bring ‘Spitting Image’ back. Jon said, yes, it would be nice, but it would be incredibly expensive and not many people from the original are interested, and I don’t see it happening, etc, etc. In fact all the reasons that have been well aired around web-boards and the like.
This gets translated into the story you see before you. Naughty journo. Naughty bankrupt newspaper.