Still Spitting at Sixty: From the 60s to My Sixties, A Sort of Autobiography

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9780007181667: Still Spitting at Sixty: From the 60s to My Sixties, A Sort of Autobiography

Written by one half of the Fluck and Law partnership, which produced Spitting Image for many years, this book will catch up with creative spirit Roger Law. Having reached the ripe old age of sixty, Law reminiscences about his life and chronicles all the behind the scenes drama at 'Spitting Image' that's fit to print!

Roger Law, the evil genius behind the mocking, caricature puppets of Spitting Image – which lampooned Margaret Thatcher, ridiculed the royal family and gave birth to 'The Chicken Song' – unburdens his tormented soul and tells the awful truth of how it all came about.

The award-winning series ran for 8 years, with Law masterminding the corruption and undermining of an entire generation's respect for authority and institutions, and giving voice to such comedic reprobates as Harry Enfield, Pamela Stephenson and Rory Bremner. He subjected the British public to political outrages, to a reception of delight and indignation in equal measure, every Sunday evening from 1984 to 1992.

When the satire bubble finally burst, Law found himself too young for retirement, too old to be retrained and without any discernable talent for domesticity or addressing a golf ball. In short, very thoroughly rinsed up.

Confronted with 'one day off after another as far as the eye can see,' Law did what some people thought was the only decent thing he could do, possibly had ever done – he transported himself to Australia.

STILL SPITING AT SIXTY is Roger Law's account of his life so far, up to and including his retirement down-under, filled with all the lunacy and flare that one would expect from the co-producer and creator of Spitting Image.

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'Spitting Image was at one point a more effective option than the Labour Party… hilarious, funny and savagely critical… nothing since has been as biting as these brilliant puppets.' Broadcast Magazine

About the Author:

Roger Law was born and brought up in England's bleak Fen Country. Law made his escape from the family construction firm by going to art school in Cambridge, where he met Peter Fluck, who would collaborate with him on many projects including the satirical puppet show Spitting Image, after which he shipped himself to Australia.

In Sydney he secured something like a base as 'artist in residence' in the Bondi Pavillion. Rarely in residence, Law spends most of his time travelling around and drawing that sunburnt country. Some of the fruits of these travels were featured in his exhibitions at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery and The Fine Art Society in London.

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