Peter Fluck and Roger Law, two of the original creators of satirical television show Spitting Image, are said to be 'thrilled' that the programme is set to return to screens nationwide, following the almost-election of the current Conservative-led coalition.
Work has already commenced on a new series of the heavily-political comedy show, with several of the old puppets being brought out of storage for re-use. The production team says that the caricature of Kenneth Clarke needs no further work 'as it's already covered in dust and cobwebs' and they also say that they are planning to double-up on the use of some puppets to reduce the amount of work needed to get the show under way. 'We're going to use the same latex model for both Cameron and Clegg,' said an excited Law, 'and we're also going to duplicate William Hague and Iain Duncan-Smith rather than make two separate models.'
The team's planned 'reuse' policy has not been welcomed by some of their targets. Eric Pickles and Lord Strathclyde are reportedly 'extremely unhappy' after Fluck's suggestion of re-using the Roy Hattersley and Leon Brittan puppets 'once we've picked off Brittan's oversize mole', and Liam Fox has stated that the move would be 'unwelcome, at best' after talk of re-purposing the old David Owen model.
Doug Naylor, co-creator of Red Dwarf and one of the writers responsible for a great deal of Spitting Image's original success in the late eighties, believes that the show will become a popular hit once more. 'To think we nearly threw away the Bill Cosby puppet, but here we are with Obama in office,' he said. 'Celebrities are screwing up as much as always, and with the minor Tory resurgence earlier this month we've got so much material we don't know what to do with ourselves. We can use most of the stuff we've written to stay topical for the entire five-year parliament. We're even planning a re-release of The Chicken Song after hearing so much shite in the charts recently.'
'We can't believe how little the world has moved on since the show's demise in 1996,' interjected Rob Grant, Naylor's writing partner. 'Having the Tories back in power, albeit in coalition-form, is pure gold for satirists everywhere. We've already built a complete boarding-school backdrop and full set of school uniforms for the inevitable 'fagging' jokes, although some of our funniest sketches will probably be censored, no matter what size cock we put on Cameron's torso.'
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