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Spitting Image: Harry and Meghan, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin to feature in the show's return | Ents & Arts News



Spitting Image is coming back to our screens, more than 20 years on since it was last aired.

Co-creator Roger Law says the new incarnation of the puppet comedy show will be "public service satire", taking on Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Kanye West, Mark Zuckerberg and Prince Harry and Meghan.

Donald and Melania Trump in new Spitting Image
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Donald and Melania Trump also feature. Pic: Mark Harrison / Avalon

Famous for lampooning political and cultural figures, the original show parodied famous names including Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Paul Gascoigne and the Queen.

A pilot for the new series has already been filmed.

Speaking to the Guardian, Law said: "It's pretty chaotic out there. As far as I'm concerned, it's better than shouting at the television set, isn't it? So I thought, let's give it a go."

Law said he would not focus on the lower ranks of British politics this time round, adding: "Dominic Raab? You've got to be kidding. If you're going to go after the b *******, you might as well go after the biggest b ******* there are, hence America.

"It's an awful lot of trouble to go through, and you want it to be effective."

Meghan's puppet can be seen wearing a sparkly top with the word "Princess" written across it, while Harry donns a rugby polo shirt.

Mr Putin is bare-chested with a "Thug Life" tattoo, while Mr Trump is seen in a suit and red tie.

Kanye West in new Spitting Image. Pic: Avalon
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Kanye West will also make an appearance. Pic: Mark Harrison / Avalon
Vladimir Putin in the new Spitting Image
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… as is Vladimir Putin. Pic: Mark Harrison / Avalon

Law said that while other satirists have described Mr Trump as "unsatisfactory because he is a satire in himself", puppets can go "much, much further" than actors when it comes to mocking figures such as the US president.

Impressionist and comedian Luke Kempner, known for Celebrity Big Brother's Bit On The Side, will post his voice on the show, writing on Twitter: "This is my latest project I've been working on !! So exciting and a real honor !! Watch this space! "

Caricaturist Adrian Teal has also confirmed his involvement, tweeting: "Well, it's official! It's been my privilege over the last few weeks to work on several #caricature puppet designs (including Trump) for the mission to bring TV satire juggernaut Spitting Image back to the screen. "

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The original version of Spitting Image ran for 18 series from 1984 to 1996, attracting huge viewing figures and winning a BAFTA during its 12-year run.

Chris Barrie, best known for Red Dwarf and The Brittas Empire, and Alan Patridge creator Steve Coogan were among the talents to voice puppets, with the likes of comedian and author Ben Elton, director Richard Curtis and Private Eye editor Ian Hislop among the writers for the show.


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