Spitting In Russian. Roger Law.

Spitting In Russian

BBC Radio 4 documentary. 1 episode in 2010. Features Roger Law.

Spitting In Russian

Spitting Image co-creator Roger Law heads to Moscow to find out what happened to plans to make a Russian version of the satirical show

BBC Radio 4
Roger Law
Mark Rickards

At the height of its success in the Eighties, satirical TV puppet show Spitting Image was commanding audiences around the world. The Russians decided that they would like to have their own version of the satirical show and a mysterious fax landed on the desk of its co-creator, Roger Law. Then a team arrived from Moscow to learn the magic art of making political puppets. Roger went to Moscow to help set up the show, and can remember vodka with breakfast and not very much else.

Roger decides that now is the time to dig out the paperwork from 20 years ago and head off to Moscow again on a mission to find out what happened to the TV producers and to their satirical ambitions.

Armed only with a handful of faxes, letters and a puppet of Mikhail Gorbachev for company, he heads to the bitter cold of a Moscow winter and discovers more than he bargained for.

This is a story of intrigue, betrayal, international espionage and rubber puppets!

Production Details

Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 1st January 2010 on BBC Radio 4 at 11am
Episode length
30 minutes
Last repeat
Tuesday 7th September 2021 at 2:30am on Radio 4 Extra