Spitting Image
Spitting Image

Spitting Image

  • TV sketch show
  • BritBox / ITV1
  • 1984 - 2021
  • 161 episodes (22 series)

Groundbreaking, long-running and hugely popular satirical sketch show with a cast of grotesque latex puppets. Stars Chris Emmett, Jon Glover, Phil Cool, Jan Ravens, Chris Barrie and more.

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Series 21 (BritBox Series 1), Episode 1

Spitting Image
In the first episode we find out how Donald Trump got coronavirus, deep dive into the presidential debate, and see what Prince Andrew has to say for himself.

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Spitting Image is back... now on streaming service BritBox.

Over 100 puppets have already been developed by socially distanced teams of artists ready for launch, including: Adele, Angela Merkel, Baby Yoda, Barack Obama, Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, Boris Johnson, Boris Baby, The Johnson Dog, Brad Pitt, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, Chrissy Teigen, Covid-19, Cristiano Ronaldo, Dominic Cummings, Dominic Raab, Donald 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, all falling under the show's legendary gaze.

Co-creator Roger Law says: "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, as Boris might say 'Pro bono publico'. It's time to come off furlough! The people have spoken and the puppets are oven ready. We're going to take back control from the likes of Boris, Cummings, Trump, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. There will be tongue-lashings from our weather girl; Greta Thunberg, you'll be knocked out by Tyson Fury and dazzled and amazed by Beyoncé and Herr Jürgen Klopp. This time Spitting Image is going global so we will be making world beating trade deals with North Korea and Belarus and if Gavin Williamson and Dominic Cummings finally get the sack, Spitting Image will give them a job. We have always employed strange people and I'm sure Dom, in particular, will be a great asset; he seems to dislike the establishment just as much as we do. And the message for the Keir Starmer's and Michel Barnier's is... Let's get BritBox done."


This episode is dedicated to the memory of George Jeffrie.

Broadcast details

Saturday 3rd October 2020
22 minutes

Cast & crew

Billy West Various (Voice)
Debra Stephenson Various (Voice)
Debra Wilson Various (Voice)
Indira Varma Various (Voice)
Jess Robinson Various (Voice)
John DiMaggio Various (Voice)
Lewis Macleod Various (Voice)
Matt Forde Various (Voice)
Phil LaMarr Various (Voice)
Daniel Barker Various (Voice)
Jason Forbes Various (Voice)
George Fouracres Various (Voice)
Luke Kempner Various (Voice)
Writing team
Bert Tyler-Moore Writer
George Jeffrie Writer
Bill Odenkirk Writer
Brona C. Titley Writer
David X Cohen Writer
Jason Hazeley Writer
Nico Tatarowicz Writer
Karl Minns Writer
Keisha Zollar Writer
Matt Forde Writer
Patric Verrone (as Patric M. Verrone) Writer
F. Maxwell Writer
Jeff Westbrook Writer
Gemma Arrowsmith Writer
Phil Wang Writer
Tom Neenan Writer
Production team
Andy de Emmony Director
Steve Connelly Director
Matt Stronge Producer
Jeff Westbrook Executive Producer
Joanna Beresford Executive Producer
Jon Thoday Executive Producer
Richard Allen-Turner Executive Producer
Roger Law Executive Producer
Nana Hughes Executive Producer
Reemah Sakaan (as Reemah Saakan) Executive Producer
Robert Price Line Producer
Richard Bennett Consultant Producer
Pat Lees Consultant Producer
Paul Jones Post Producer
Adam Bokey Editor
Charlie Fawcett Editor
Steve Nayler Editor
Charlotte Dirickx Production Designer
Peter Edwards Director of Photography
Helly McGrother Costume Designer
Willie Dowling Composer
Felix Hagan Composer
Natalie Preston Graphics
Lee Watson Graphics
Sheila Clark Puppeteer
Philip Eason Puppeteer
Andy Heath Puppeteer
Brian Herring Puppeteer
Matt Hutchinson Puppeteer
Mark Jefferis Puppeteer
Steven Kynman Puppeteer
Rebecca Nagan Puppeteer
Wim Oppenheimer Puppeteer
Lynn Robertson Bruce Puppeteer
Olly Taylor Puppeteer


Michael Gove visits Mistress Priti Patel's Boudoir

Michael Gove visits Mistress Priti Patel's Boudoir for some kinky conservative opinions.

How Donald Trump Got Covid

We learn how Donald Trump got Covid.

It's Ka-RAAB-te

It's not karate, it's ka-RAAB-te, with Dominic Raab.

Boris Johnson thinks about university students

Boris Johnson and his team discuss how to deal with the university students complaining that they're locked in their rooms and can't go home for Christmas.


Spitting Image - Series 21 Episode 1 review

Spitting Image in 2020 is pointless and toothless where it matters. It lacks the slightest hint of satire with lazy, misjudged writing and woefully inadequate performances. They may as well not have bothered.

Colin Polonowski, The Digital Fix, 6th October 2020

Spitting Image review - welcome return

Welcome return for comedy that revels in giving offence.

Mark Lawson, The Guardian, 3rd October 2020

Spitting Image review

The difference between Spitting Image now and Spitting Image then is that the former is fatally constipated by being politically correct and the latter didn't give a glorious damn.

Jan Moir, Daily Mail, 3rd October 2020

Spitting Image review

If you thought that President Trump and Boris Johnson were already such crafty caricatures of themselves that satire against them was futile, the new Spitting Image makes you think again.

Dominic Maxwell, The Times, 3rd October 2020

Roger Law on bringing Spitting Image to BritBox

"What's going on, it's just terrifying when you stop to think about it," says Roger Law, one half of the original creative pair that made Spitting Image the benchmark for wrecking-ball satire in the 1980s and 90s. "I suppose that's the reason I wanted to go back to it. The time is definitely right."

Benji Wilson, Radio Times, 3rd October 2020

Review: Spitting Image, Britbox

The return of Spitting Image is an interesting one. Much has been made of how the divided society we live in now is similar to the one in the 1980s when this first aired. But even if that is the same, and I'm not sure it is, comedy has changed. Well, at least the delivery of comedy has changed.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 3rd October 2020

Matt Forde: the voice of Boris Johnson and Donald Trump

The British satirical TV puppet show Spitting Image is returning this week - on streaming service BritBox. Comedian Matt Forde is the voice of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Donald Trump's puppets. He told BBC World News America that the show is "just as outrageous, grotesque and ludicrous" as it was in the 1980s.

BBC, 2nd October 2020

Can Spitting Image still pack a punch?

The show returns to a culture where the boundaries between comedy and politics have blurred.

Henry Mance, The Financial Times, 2nd October 2020

It might be a mistake to revive Spitting Image

Will the overblown grotesquery of the satire's latex puppets be deemed acceptable by viewers more attuned to sensitivities?

Gerard Gilbert, i Newspaper, 2nd October 2020

Al Murray: Spitting Image is just what we need

Spitting Image returns to TV tomorrow night - and Al Murray reckons it's just what we need in an age of everyone "wanting to be upset".

Andy Halls, The Sun, 2nd October 2020

Ed Sheeran's puppet changed to avoid upsetting redheads

Spitting Image has remodelled its puppet of Ed Sheeran before the show has even aired - to avoid upsetting redheads. The original had carrot leaves sprouting from the Shape Of You singer's bonce - but now has turnip foliage instead.

Rod McPhee, The Sun, 1st October 2020

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