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SPITTING IMAGE IS BACK! BritBox Brings Back Britain’s Best Loved Puppet Show 

SPITTING Image is back after 24 years after streaming website BritBox picked up the series. 

The series will launch in autumn and will take the mickey out of the Harry and Meg, The Duke of York, Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, Kanye West and Beyonce. 

The programme originally ran from 1984 to 1996 and featured Margaret Thatcher in a suit, the Queen Mother drinking gin and Ronald Reagan in bed with two red call buttons, marked Nurse and Nuke.

The series is the first commission by BritBox – a joint venture between the BBC and ITV.

Creator of the hit series that aired on ITV in the 1980s and 1990s had many fans in the people it took the piss out off, including former Cabinet Minister Edwina Currie. 

“IT MEANT YOU WAS AT THE TOP” – Edwina Currie

Edwina Currie said that Thatcher ‘loved’ the series telling The Guardian a few years ago: “As far as I was concerned, the fact that they were lampooning me on the programme was fine, because I was a very junior minister, and to get noticed was great – it suggested I was getting my little message across.”

“What happened was that those [members of the cabinet] who weren’t in it, really wanted to be in it. You felt that you had made it on to the top satirical programme, which meant that you were recognised.” 

On Thatcher, who’s puppet famously wore a suit and ordererd food for her ‘vegetable’ cabinet Currie said: “Margaret Thatcher loved Spitting Image as well.” 

“She realised very quickly that their image of her as the best man in the cabinet [Thatcher was voiced by a man and portrayed shaving and using male urinals] was one to pursue.” 

“From then on, she deepened her voice, she wore dark suits – basically she conformed to the image that Spitting Image had broadcast. She was very pleased with it.” 

Show co-creator Roger Law is also involved and he will be executive producer, he told the BBC: “I’ve refused to resuscitate Spitting Image for years but when my pension ran out and my palm was crossed with silver what could an old man do?” 

“The new Spitting Image will be global through a uniquely British eye, it will be more outrageous, audacious and salacious than the previous incarnation.”

In a statement, the programme-makers said: “With the world getting smaller and more turbulent, the time couldn’t be more appropriate for an iconic British satirical take on global events.”

ITV director of television Kevin Lygo said he was “thrilled” to be able to provide the chance for “British creativity to truly run wild”.

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