Posts Tagged ‘Fluck and Law’

Fluck and Law’s 1987 Caricature of Rupert Murdoch

March 16, 2016

I found this grotesque photo of Fluck and Law’s rubber model of the Dirty Digger in Private Eye’s issue for 22nd July-4th August 2011. It was originally done for their issue 667, of July 1987. This marked the decision of Lord Young, Maggie Thatcher’s Trade and Industry Secretary, not to refer the Digger’s attempts to take over the Today newspaper to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. The censor flash is mine, as the original is very explicit, and I didn’t want to put anything that might be considered too indecent up, one consideration being that such imagery can be used as pretext for blocking the site because of its political content. The good Mr Pride had experience of this when some people were finding their attempts to go to his page blocked because of ‘adult content’. It does indeed have such, but not in the sense his detractors meant. And I’m not willing to let the same excuse be used to stop people looking at this site.

Apart from its historical context, it’s pretty much what Murdoch has been doing to British media, culture and politics ever since he was allowed to take over the Herald and turn it into the Sun in the late ’60-’70s.

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Newzoids Spoofs Nigel Farage

April 24, 2015

These are a couple of videos from ITV’s satirical puppet show, Newzoids. The show’s a mixture of puppetry and CGI animation. It was billed as the 21st century’s successor to the classic Spitting Image. They were seriously considering bringing that series back, but the idea was dropped because the series would simply have been too expensive given inflation, lower production expenditure and advertising revenue, and stricter health and safety legislation. For the latter, Fluck and Law, the creators of the puppets used in the series, expressed amazement at the relative disregard they had for proper safety standards when they were using highly toxic and flammable materials.

The puppets used in Newzoids are rather different to those in Spitting Image. They’re less complex, rubber hand puppets and more like solid, wooden figurines moved by sticks. Or at least, that’s the image the animation gives.

The satire, though, is still very sharp. In this sketch, Nigel Farage is shown as a Bernard Manning-style stand up club comedian, railing and sneering about immigrants. The crowd heckles him, reminding him of how false and hypocritical his claims are, and that he’s actually a millionaire banker with a foreign wife.

I found the second sketch below on the SlatUKIP page. It shows the Purple Duce again as an actor, though this time he’s a vaudeville comedian singing a song about how he’s really an ordinary British bloke. All the while, his alter ego is reminding him that he’s actually a millionaire, with a very expensive education, a German wife, and far from being British, he’s actually French Huguenot in ancestry.