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Spitting Image, the uncompromising British satirical take on global events, arrives to a smaller and more turbulent world on Saturday 3rd October exclusively on BritBox in the UK.  It was announced earlier this year that celebrated Spitting Image co-creator Roger Law returned to head up the show’s creative team, while multi-WGA-winner Jeff Westbrook (The SimpsonsFuturama) is the Showrunner, leading the international writing team. 


Produced by Avalon (Taskmaster, The Russell Howard Hour, CatastropheBreeders, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver) throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, over 100 puppets have already been developed by socially distanced teams of artists ready for launch, including: Adele, Angela Merkel, Baby Yoda, Barack Obama, Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, Boris Johnson, Boris Baby, The Johnson Dog, Brad Pitt, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, Chrissy Teigen, Covid-19, Cristiano Ronaldo, David Furnish, Dominic Cummings, Dominic Raab, Donald Trump, Dwayne Johnson, Ed Sheeran, Elon Musk, Elton John, Emmanuel Macron, Greta Thunberg, Grimes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Harry Styles, Idris Elba, Ivanka Trump, Jacinda Ardern, James Corden, Jared Kushner, Jeff Bezos, Joe Biden, Jürgen Klopp, Kamala Harris, Kanye West, Keir Starmer, Kim Kardashian, LeBron James, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Zuckerberg, Matt Hancock, Meghan Duchess of Sussex, Melania Trump, Michael Gove, Michelle Obama, Mike Pence, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Narendra Modi, Oprah Winfrey, Piers Morgan, The Pope, Prince Andrew, Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Prince William, Priti Patel, The Queen, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Branson, Rishi Sunak, RuPaul, Scott Morrison, Spike Lee, Taylor Swift, Tiger Woods, Tyson Fury, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, all falling under the show’s legendary gaze. 


A next generation of satirical writers and voice artists are working with established talent to drive a new wave of ‘public service satire’.  Writers on the show include: Adam Hess, Ahir Shah, Al Murray, Benjamin Partridge, Bert Tyler-Moore & George Jeffrie, Bill Odenkirk, Brona C. Titley, Dan Johnston & Jamie Deeks, David X. Cohen, Gemma Arrowsmith, Jason Hazeley & Nico Tatarowicz, Karl Minns, Keisha Zollar, Laura Major, Matt Forde, Noah Jay & Jordan Maxwell, Patric Verrone, Phil Wang, Pierre Novellie, Richard Herring, Sophie Duker, Tom Neenan and Travis Jay.  Voice artists include: Billy West, Clare Corbett, Daniel Barker, Debra Stephenson, Debra Wilson, Guz Khan, Indira Varma, Jess Robinson, John DiMaggio, Lewis MacLeod, Luke Kempner, Matt Forde and Phil LaMarr. In keeping with the 80s and 90s, scripts will be written and new puppets made as close to each episode as possible with the show only completed and delivered the evening before it arrives on BritBox to maximise topicality.


Roger Law added: “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!  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.  This time Spitting Image is going global so we will be making world beating trade deals with North Korea and Belarus and if Gavin Williamson and Dominic Cummings finally get the sack, Spitting Image will give them a job. We have always employed strange people and I’m sure Dom, in particular, will be a great asset; he seems to dislike the establishment just as much as we do. And the message for the Keir Starmer’s and Michel Barnier’s is… Let’s get BritBox done.”


Spitting Image ran for a total of 18 series between 1984 and 1996, and proved no one was safe from ridicule in puppet form, as public figures including Margaret Thatcher (who wore a man’s suit and treated her Cabinet, “the vegetables” with utter contempt), Paul Gascoigne (with water constantly jetting from his eyes), John Major (a painted grey puppet to reflect his perceived dull personality), Michael Heseltine (as Tarzan), Ronald Reagan (shown in bed with two red call buttons, one marked ‘Nurse’, the other ‘Nuke’), Mick Jagger (always high with huge rubber lips), Mikhail Gorbachev (with a hammer and sickle birthmark) and the Royal Family (The Queen Mother was often seen slugging from a gin bottle while The Queen studied the horse-racing pages).  The show also had success in the Official Music Charts with ‘The Chicken Song’ (parodying ‘Agadoo’ by Black Lace), which had three weeks at number one in 1986.