TV’s misplaced its braveness, says Spitting Picture maestro after cancellation

TV’s misplaced its braveness, says Spitting Picture maestro after cancellation


atirical puppet present Spitting Picture has been cancelled after two years on BritBox however John Lloyd, the person who initially produced the sequence again within the Eighties, will not be shocked.

“Political debate has misplaced its sense of humour,” he tells The Londoner. “I come from a distinct period when broadcasters have been very brave and didn’t actually care what individuals thought.” Lloyd additionally produced QI and Blackadder.

Spitting Picture first ran from 1984 to 1996, sending up politicians comparable to Margaret Thatcher and drawing as much as 15 million viewers an episode. “It’s a really wholesome factor that tv ought to be lampooning the prime minister on a regular basis,” says Lloyd, “and that hasn’t actually occurred. We as a rustic are supposedly recognized for having the ability to snort at ourselves!”

Celeb secrets and techniques secure at The Cow

The Cow, Notting Hill

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The Cow in Notting Hill is beloved by the likes of Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham. However ought to celeb patrons begin worrying about any tipsy indiscretions on the pub? Younger author Fergus Burnand, who just lately labored behind the bar, has penned a play based mostly on the wacky conversations he overheard. Similar Once more opens quickly on the White Bear Theatre. However worry not, Posh! He assures us the juiciest traces are anonymised.

Farage can’t take the tube

Nigel Farage

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Once we broke the information earlier this week that Simpson’s Tavern had closed, its regulars rushed to the rescue. However one well-known diner hasn’t seen the within of the chophouse for some time. Nigel Farage tells us that he can’t make it to the restaurant by Financial institution as a result of he will get an excessive amount of abuse on the Central line as of late. And he says low-traffic neighbourhoods make driving to the place an impossibility. It’s a tough life.

Beatles’ bathroom roll hassle

The Beatles

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Abbey Street Studios nonetheless makes an enormous deal of its affiliation with The Beatles. Maybe as a result of they have been such pliant friends? In a brand new guide by journalist David Hepworth, the studio supervisor from the Sixties, Ken Townsend, says the band made only one criticism in eight years. “The bathroom paper is just too exhausting and glossy,” mentioned John Lennon, proper. “Until we get it modified, we’re going to see Sir Joseph Lockwood [EMI Chairman]”.

Final night time on the town

Stormzy should have felt a bit awkward bumping into his ex, Maya Jama, on the European premiere of Black Panther: Wakanda Ceaselessly in Leicester Sq. final night time. The musician just lately mirrored on their 2019 break up, describing it as “the most important loss a person can have”. Little Combine star Leigh-Anne Pinnock vamped it up on the identical occasion alongside the movie’s star, Letitia Wright. Singer Pleasure Crookes went to the celebration launching some swanky new earphones from Nothing.

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