Spitting Image has revealed its Prince Andrew, Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings puppets ahead of the show’s return. They had already released images of their Donald Trump, Prince Harry and Megan Markle.
Back in the 1980’s the show attracted 15 million viewers on British TV and was exported worldwide. Famously, in an age when alternative comedy was strictly left-leaning, it attacked both sides without fear. One moment it would be mocking Margaret Thatcher’s contempt for her cabinet, the next the utter bungling incompetence at the heart of the Labour Party, then would switch to Ronald Reagan before pivoting to F.W. Botha in South Africa.
Nobody was safe from it’s mocking and it was widely considered that you hadn’t arrived, politically or as a celebrity, if you hadn’t featured on the show.
Given the upcoming US election, Trump causing emotions to run high in his base and in the opposition, China, a pandemic, Ghislane Maxwell potentially carrying a load of establishment secrets… the choice of targets is practically limitless.
If it is even half as brave as it was in the 1980’s, this show could potentially be a glorious antidote to the ridiculous post-Millennial / Gen-Z cancer that currently stifles public debate. It could also be responsible for some kind of mass-trigering event. For that alone we wait with anticipation.
Boris Johnson maintains his trademark shaggy blonde hair.
A glum-looking, older Duke of York is very different from the grinning simpleton version of the original show, and he potentially has good reason to look glum.
It looks like they are going to have a lot of fun with the Prime Minster’s advisor, bogey-man to the British left, the way Trump is in the US, Dominic Cummings.
Vladimir Putin, Bernie Sanders, Elon Musk, RuPaul, Adele and James Corden are among the others who will appear. Favourite memories from the old show include a perpetually drunk Queen Mother, Prince Charles’ mounting frustration at his mother and her inability to abdicate, never meeting a nice South African and an increasingly bewildered Reagan trying to make sense of the changing world around him.
No air date is confirmed yet, but the show will be produced by Avalon.