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Trump's rise sparks plans for Spitting Image reboot

By Joe Nerssessian

Hit satirical TV series Spitting Image is to take on US President Donald Trump in a rebooted version of the show, co-creator Roger Law has revealed.

The artist was approached by US network NBC, which has since been in talks with production company Avalon, Law said.

The spin-off is expected to be penned by US writers, although current plans will see it filmed in the UK, where the puppets will also be made.

Law has already created a puppet of President Trump for the potential showmakers, and it is to go on display at Norwich's Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts as part of a retrospective of the artist's work.

He said he did not want to reboot the series in the UK but was tempted by the US approach "because of Trump".

He added: "Quite what you do I'm not sure because he satirises his f****** self. They seem to be quite serious, we've had a puppet made."

Asked if he thought the US leader and prolific Twitter user would post a critique about his puppet parody, Law said: "That'll get a few more viewers. He spends six hours a day watching television so of course he'll watch it."

Law created Spitting Image in the 1980s alongside Peter Fluck and the show ran for 13 years, parodying famous figures from Margaret Thatcher to Arthur Scargill.

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