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Spitting Image unveil new puppets of Greta Thunberg and ‘vampire’ Priti Patel

SPITTING Image’s new puppets are looking Greta than ever.

Swedish eco-campaigner Greta Thunberg, 17, appears in the new BritBox show, which starts this month.

And Home Secretary Priti Patel is portrayed as a vampire.

Others set to feature in the revived satirical series include Michael Gove, Prince Andrew and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The satire show is making a comeback exclusively on streaming service BritBox and this time it’s going international with Brad Pitt, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping puppets all lined-up to make an appearance.

Celebrated Spitting Image co-creator Roger Law revealed a team of artists have been working furiously during lockdown to create the instantly-recognisable puppets.

“Everything the team have done on the new Spitting Image shows, the caricatures, puppets and satirical gags have all been done in the public interest,” said the caricaturist and artist.

He added: “As Boris might say ‘Pro bono publico’. It’s time to come off furlough!”

Discussing some of the characters set to feature, Roger teased there will be “tongue-lashings from our weather girl, Greta Thunberg” and viewers can expect to be “dazzled and amazed” by Beyoncé and Herr Jürgen Klopp.  

Roger also revealed the team behind the show includes a new generation of satirical writers and voice artists, working with established talent to drive a new wave of “public service satire”.

Heading up the writing team is multi-award winner Jeff Westbrook, best known for his work on The Simpsons and Futurama.

Among the voice artists set to mimic the many famous faces are Bad Girls actress Debra Stephenson and Game of Thrones star Indira Varma, with many more joining as the puppet cast grows.  

The satirical TV show originally ran from 1984 to 1996 and featured Margaret Thatcher in a suit and the Queen Mother drinking gin.

Former US President Ronald Reagan was also depicted in bed with two red call buttons, marked Nurse and Nuke.

Watched by 15 million viewers at its peak, it was once described as "a hybrid of Cambridge footlights, English caricature and Punch and Judy".

Spitting Image is the first original commission from the digital video subscription service created by the BBC and ITV, BritBox.

Norman Tebbit as a puppet on Spitting Image

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