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05th Aug 2020

Puppets of Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings revealed from new Spitting Image series

Wil Jones

The satirical puppet show is back

The puppets of prime minister Boris Johnson and his chief advisor Dominic Cummings from the new reboot of Spitting Image have been revealed.

The new series of the rubber-based satire show is going to air on streaming service BritBox later this year.

Unsurprisingly, the mannequin of Johnson has a big mass of shaggy white hair. Dominic Cummings is wearing a scruffy hoddie, fitting in with his IRL terrible sense of style.

Puppets of the Duke of York Prince Andrew, US President Donald Trump, and first lady Melania Trump have also been unveiled by the producers.

The controversial royal is sporting a paisley neckerchief, and Donald Trump is typically orange.

Other celebs and public figures set to get the Spitting Image treatment in the relaunched show include Beyoncé, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Vladimir Putin, Bernie Sanders, Elon Musk, RuPaul, Adele and James Corden.

The original Spitting Image ran from 1984 to 1996, for 131 episodes over 18 series. At the show’s peak, it pulled in over 15 million viewers and was a national institution. All the high profile politicians of the era were immortalised in rubber, including Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Ronald Reagan. The show also heavily parodied the Royal Family, with The Queen Mother portrayed as swilling down gin all the time.

The show was even spun off into several music releases. Multiple singles were released, including ‘The Chicken Song’, a parody of Black Lace’s ‘Agadoo’, which was written by Red Dwarf creators Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, and reached number one in the UK singles chart in 1986.

The show also teamed up with real musicians, producing the video for Genesis’ ‘Land of Confusion’ and getting Sting to record a parody of ‘Every Breath You Take’.

You’ll be able to see all the new puppets when the show returns on BritBox later in 2020.