11 Sep Spitting Image returns: Charles, Camilla, Michael Gove and Dominic Raab puppets unveiled | Ents & Arts News
Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Michael Gove are among more than 100 new puppets that will appear on satirical TV show Spitting Image.
The programme, which was watched by 15 million viewers in its heyday, will return on 3 October with a 10-week series on BritBox.
It originally ran for 18 series between 1984 and 1996.
Producers previously unveiled images of Boris Johnson, his chief adviser Dominic Cummings and the Duke of York ahead of the show’s return.
Spitting Image co-creator Roger Law is back on board for the series.
He said: “Everything the team have done on the new Spitting Image shows – the caricatures, puppets and satirical gags – have all been done in the public interest, as Boris might say: ‘Pro bono publico’.”
“It’s time to come off furlough!” he said of the show’s return.
“The people have spoken and the puppets are ‘oven ready’.
“We’re going to take back control from the likes of Boris, Cummings, Trump, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
“There will be tongue-lashings from our weather girl, Greta Thunberg, you’ll be knocked out by Tyson Fury and dazzled and amazed by Beyonce and Herr Jurgen Klopp.”
Previous incarnations of the show famously featured Margaret Thatcher in a man’s suit treating her cabinet – “the vegetables” – with contempt.
It also featured John Major as a grey puppet, and the Queen Mother slugging from a gin bottle.
Puppets this time will include Adele, Barack Obama, Brad Pitt, Cristiano Ronaldo, Donald Trump and even ‘Covid-19’.
Ed Sheeran, Sir Elton John, Gwyneth Paltrow, Harry Styles and the Duchess of Sussex are among the other names who will feature in puppet form.
Jeff Westbrook, whose credits include The Simpsons and Futurama, is leading the new writing team.
Producers said scripts are being penned and new puppets made as close to each episode as possible.