Spitting Image renewed for 2021 series after breaking records with Britbox debut
SPITTING Image has been renewed for a 2021 series after breaking records in its Britbox debut.
The comedy revival only dropped its first episode over the weekend, but it's already been renewed for a second series next year.
Announcing the news, Britbox Chief Creative & Brand Officer Reemah Sakaan said: "The fantastic response to Spitting Image just goes to show how much the world needs public service satire.
"Not only can subscribers look forward to another nine weeks of anarchy but also now another series in 2021."
The satirical programme first aired in 1984 yet fans can now get a slice of the action on the online streaming platform.
The iconic political, celebrity and royal mannequins have returned with new faces thrown into the mix such as Donald Trump, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and Piers Morgan.
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Back in its heyday, Spiting Image was a cultural success having received both critical acclaim and praise from the public.
During its 12 year run, the show won four BAFTAs and four Emmys and boasted of having 15 million viewers at its height of popularity.
The current 10-episode series features more than 100 puppets and is extremely reactive to current events – with a recent scene depicted Donald Trump self-isolating with wife Melania after he was diagnosed with COVID in real life only this week.
The show pulls no punches in its mockery of prominent figures. Its Boris Johnson and Donald Trump impersonator recently claimed that the UK and US leaders 'should shudder, not laugh' at its 'grotesque' sketches.
Comedian Matt Forde, 37, said being able to voice the two political figures "gives you a licence to say such daft things.
"People say they’re flattered but that’s what I think they think they have to say. They don’t want to look like a bad sport. The reality is that many people will shudder at how they’re perceived."
Forde added: "Everyone gets a good slap. In that respect, it’s a plague on every house.
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