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Spitting Image, the infamous politician-lampooning satirical British puppet show rebooted by U.K. streaming service BritBox, is set to return for a second season in the fall of 2021.
The series — which originally ran from 1984-1996 and helped launch the careers of comics such as Steve Coogan — has proved a hit for the BBC and ITV created platform. Subscribers since the show first launched on Oct. 3 — an episode that was hastily turned around to include Donald Trump’s COVID-19 infection — increasing 10-fold compared to the average daily rate.
In the U.S., the rebooted Spitting Image was set to air on NBC, which held the original rights, but the network pulled out at the last minute amid reports it was scared of offending the rich and powerful figures depicted on the show. Instead, the first episode premiered on Facebook.
According to BritBox’s global stats, Spitting Image content has reached more than 30 million people over the two weeks around launch, with four million organic views of the trailer.
“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 9 weeks of anarchy but also now another series in 2021,” said Reemah Sakaan, group director ITV SVOD and chief creative and brand officer for BritBox.
“We’re all very excited to be able to serve up more Spitting Image for BritBox,” said Jon Thoday, executive producer at Avalon.
Spitting Image co-creator Roger Law returned to head up the show’s creative team, while multi-award-winner Jeff Westbrook (The Simpsons, Futurama) is the showrunner, leading the writing team.
Produced by Avalon (Catastrophe, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver) throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, over 100 puppets have already been developed by socially distanced teams of artists, including of Adele, Angela Merkel, Baby Yoda, Barack Obama, Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, LeBron James, Boris Johnson, Boris Baby, The Johnson Dog, Brad Pitt, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, Chrissy Teigen, COVID-19, Cristiano Ronaldo, Dominic Cummings, Dominic Raab, Trump, Dwayne Johnson, Ed Sheeran, Elon Musk, Elton John, Emmanuel Macron, Greta Thunberg, Grimes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Harry Styles, Idris Elba, Ivanka Trump, Jacinda Ardern, James Corden, Jeff Bezos, Joe Biden, Jürgen Klopp, Kanye West, Keir Starmer, Kim Kardashian, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Zuckerberg, Matt Hancock, Meghan Duchess of Sussex, Melania Trump, Michael Gove, Michelle Obama, Narendra Modi, Oprah Winfrey, Piers Morgan, The Pope, Prince Andrew, Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Prince William, Priti Patel, The Queen, Richard Branson, Rishi Sunak, RuPaul, Taylor Swift, Tiger Woods, Tyson Fury, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.
Spitting Image is directed by Andy de Emmony and Steve Connelly. Executive producers are Jeff Westbrook, Joanna Beresford, Jon Thoday, Richard Allen-Turner and Roger Law. BritBox’s commissioning executive is Nana Hughes.
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