When is the new series of Spitting Image released?

SPITTING Image is a satirical puppet show that first hit British screens in 1984.

24 years on, the show is returning to dig at some of the biggest names in modern politics and pop culture.

Back in its heyday, Spiting Image was a cultural success having received both critical acclaim and praise from the public.

During its 12 year run, the show won four BAFTAs and four Emmys and boasted of having 15 million viewers at its height of popularity.

It's focus back then was more tightly on British politicians and royalty, such as Margaret Thatcher.

When is Spitting Image returning?

After the original series ended in 1996, Spitting Image will make its return after over two decades.

It's due to land on BritBox, a streaming service by BBC and ITV, in the autumn of this year.

The exact date hasn't yet be announced.

BritBox have made this their first original commission and it's already had the green light for a second series arriving in 2021.

Creators behind the show have said: "With the world getting smaller and more turbulent, the time couldn't be more appropriate for an iconic British satirical take on global events."

Which characters will feature?

The most recognisable faces in global politics and pop culture will be made into caricature puppets.

The public figures that have been confirmed to feature are:

  • Boris Johnson
  • Dominic Cummings
  • Adele
  • Kim Kardashian
  • Vladamir Putin
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Jurgen Klopp
  • Greta Thunberg(who will appear as a "roving reporter" giving weather updates)
  • Prince Andrew
  • Mark Zuckerberg
  • Donald Trump
  • Melania Trump
  • Meghan Markle
  • Prince Harry
  • Elon Musk
  • Beyonce

Executive producer Roger Law has said the global focus in characters won't impact on the British satirical style.

"The new Spitting Image will be global through a uniquely British eye, it will be more outrageous, audacious and salacious than the previous incarnation."

He has refused to resuscitate the show the for years, but in the current climate it seems like a good time – that, and he joking said "my pension ran out".

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