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Spitting Image will poke fun at all sides, co-creator says

He said it was difficult for political figures and celebrities to say they do not like their puppets.

Spitting Image’s comeback will lampoon all political sides, its co-creator has said, but the ideology of Boris Johnson’s Government is “nuts”.

The satirical puppet show, which was watched by 15 million viewers in its heyday, is returning on BritBox.

Asked whether it will target right-wing figures only, co-creator Roger Law replied: “No, that’s no fun.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in puppet form
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in puppet form (Avalon/Mark Harrison)

“There’s lots of ammunition to throw at the other side as well. You go for them all,” he told The Andrew Marr Show.

But he said that the ideology of the current Government was “nuts”.

“When we started Spitting Image everything was in turmoil. There were riots in the streets….  and of course you had Thatcher.

“You start looking on Thatcher with nostalgia because at least you knew what she was about and what she was going to do, if you thought about it.

“Boris and the boys, you’ve got no idea, and the ideology is absolutely nuts,” he told the BBC One show.

And he added: “You can’t really change anybody’s mind by shouting at them…  but you can with humour.”

Spitting Image's depiction f environmental activist Greta Thunberg
Spitting Image’s depiction of environmental activist Greta Thunberg (Mark Harrison/Spitting Image/BritBox)

He said it was difficult for political figures and celebrities to say they hate their puppet alter-egos.

“If you’re English you can’t turn around and say, ‘I hate my puppet they’ve insulted me,'” he said.

“Take someone like (Michael) Gove. What we did with him is pretty disgusting… He was asked about it and he avoided the subject…

“They have to say they like it because it’s too difficult if you’re a Brit to say, ‘I’m really upset.'”

The show, featuring the Prime Minister, Donald Trump, Kim Kardashian and Greta Thunberg among others, in puppet form, returns on October 3 with a 10-week series on BritBox.

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