When does Spitting Image start on Britbox?

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

24 years after it last aired, the show is returning to dig at some of the world's 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.

A release date has been set for October 3.

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
  • Angela Merkel
  • Baby Yoda
  • Barack Obama and Michelle Obama
  • Camilla Duchess of Cornwall
  • Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Idris Elba
  • Greta Thunberg
  • Joe Biden
  • Jürgen Klopp
  • Kanye West
  • Meghan Duchess of Sussex
  • Prince Harry
  • Prince William
  • Priti Patel
  • The Queen
  • Michael Gove
  • Rishi Sunak
  • Tyson Fury

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".

What has been the reaction?

The announcement of the Spitting Image coming to the streaming platform has excited many.

One fan on Twitter wrote: “After recently watching the box set of the entire original Spitting Image 30 odd years after first watching and loving it, I cannot wait for the new series.”

While another added: "Cannot wait for this. We need some satire rn!"!

However, one skeptical fan wrote: "The funniest thing about the new spitting image is it’s on britbox and only about 1000 people will ever see it."

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