Russell Brand, Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson must prepare to have their strings yanked as some of the talent behind Spitting Image reunite for a new prime time puppet show.
ITV’s new six-part series Newzoids promises a “biting look at the world of politics and celebrity” and will include impressions by Spitting Image veterans Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson.
Unlike Spitting Image, which primarily targeted establishment figures and politicians, Newzoids will also lampoon celebrities such as Beyonce, Harry Styles and Simon Cowell.
Politicians have not escaped, however, with David Cameron and Nick Clegg among the first characters to receive the Newzoid treatment, along with fellow politicos Ukip leader Farage and London Mayor Johnson.
Other targets include talk show host Jeremy Kyle and I’m A Celebrity… duo Ant and Dec.
Spitting Image, which ran for more than a decade, was of the most-watched shows of the 1980s and 1990s.
Newzoids is co-produced by Citrus Television, which was set up by another Spitting Image alumnus Giles Pilbrow.
"ITV has a rich history of playing popular satirical comedy in peaktime on its main channel, and it seemed a good time to revive it this year,” ITV's director of entertainment Elaine Bedell said.
“We are pleased to be adding to our growing comedy portfolio with this funny and biting look at the world of politics and celebrity."
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