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Updated: Aug 27
Spitting Image is returning to the screen after a 24-year absence this autumn, YAAAS!!! The show is the first original commission to arrive on BritBox so we won't be able to watch it without forking out even more money on yet another TV service subscription, NAAAW!!!
The new show will have a pop at famous figures including Boris Johnson, Prince Andrew, Vladimir Putin, Dominic Cummings, Donald Trump and the US presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. According to The Guardian, climate change activist Greta Thunberg will be satirised as a 'roving reporter giving regular weather updates'.
BritBox Chief, Reemah Sakaan, said that the broadcaster was aware that some of the political targets may not be impressed with their depiction on-screen but that the show “would not back away” from satirising them.
“In terms of the humour of the show it runs wild,” she said. “It has always sat squarely in the area of politics and less so popular culture. Where we have political leaders empty chairing interviews and not answering questions put forward to them, the public has a right of response on that. We will be very careful of the caricatures we make. But it doesn’t feel to be the right time to back away.”
It isn't just politicians that will get the rubber face treatment, stars including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Adele, Beyoncé, James Corden, Kanye, Kim Kardashian, Elon Musk, RuPaul and Melina Trump will all be fair game.
Sakaan would not say how much the new Spitting Image cost to make but did say it was a flagship for the service. “It is our major investment, it is an incredibly expensive show,” she said. “We wanted something noisy and brand-defining that would grab people’s attention. It is a statement of intent and a very British point of view on what we do compared to some other [streaming services].”
If you fancy watching the all-new Spitting Image it will cost you £5.99-a-month via the BritBox subscription service. Keep scrolling to see the first puppets to be revealed.