Spitting Image revived for BritBox
BritBox UK has announced its first original commission, a revival of the satirical puppet sketch show Spitting Image, to be produced by Avalon.
The show’s original co-creator Roger Law will lead the creative team; development of the puppets is already underway with ‘appearances’ by Dominic Cummings, James Corden, Donald Trump, RuPaul, Boris Johnson, Beyoncé, Elon Musk, Harry & Meghan, Bernie Sanders, Prince Andrew, Adele, and Vladimir Putin.
As with the original series, some scripts will be written and new puppets made close to delivery to keep each week’s episode as topical as possible.
The show will tx in the autumn with a second run to follow in 2021.
Law, who will also executive produce, said: “PUBLIC SERVICE SATIRE ANNOUNCEMENT. I've refused to resuscitate Spitting Image for years but when my pension ran out and my palm was crossed with silver what could an old man do?
“The new Spitting Image will be global through a uniquely British eye, it will be more outrageous, audacious and salacious than the previous incarnation. With scandalous scripts and A-List characters, it will be the people's programme! When Dominic Cummings finally gets the boot, Spitting Image will give him a job.”
Spitting Image ran for a total of 18 series between 1984 and 1996 and won multiple awards including ten BAFTAs and two Emmys.
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