It's within Spitting distance... | US broadcasters vie for revival of puppet satire © Andy Crouch/Avalon Television

It's within Spitting distance...

US broadcasters vie for revival of puppet satire

A proposed US remake of Spitting Image is at the centre of a bidding war in Hollywood.

Industry website Deadline reports that a ‘slew of broadcasters’ –  including NBC, Hulu, Netflix and Amazon – are interested in buying a rebooted series.

Roger Law, co-creator of the original, is involved in the revival, which is set to be produced by Avalon Television.

The news comes as a new puppet of Donald Trump goes on display at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich today as part of a retrospective of Law’s work.

Law, who created the series with  Peter Fluck and Martin Lambie-Nairn, said he hopes Trump will tweet about the revived show, telling the BBC: ‘That'll get a few more viewers... He spends six hours a day watching television so of course he'll watch it.’

The original  Spitting Image ran for 18 series on ITV from 1984 to 1996. A US pilot was produced in 1986 entitled Spitting Image: Down and Out in the White House  but NBC declined to pick it up for a series

Deadline reports that the new series is likely to be written in New York but produced  in the UK.

Published: 18 Nov 2017

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