FILE PHOTO: An undated picture shows a puppet of U.S. President Donald Trump as part of the British satirical puppet show called "Spitting Image" in an unknown location. Mark Harrison/ITV/Handout via REUTERS
LONDON (Reuters) - “Spitting Image”, the defining British satirical show of the 1980s, roars back on screens on Saturday to lampoon a new generation of politicians, royals and celebrities in puppet form, led by Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and Prince Harry.
Co-creator Roger Law has returned to head the creative team, while writers led by Jeff Westbrook, known for “The Simpsons”, tweak sketches until shortly before release.
The first show was rewritten at the last minute to include puppet versions of Trump and his wife Melania in COVID-19 quarantine.
The often vicious original, which ran from 1984 to 1996, depicted Queen Elizabeth as a middle-aged housewife and former prime minister Margaret Thatcher as a tyrannical boss calling her cabinet “the vegetables”.
Once drawing 15 million viewers, many of its victims became indelibly associated with their caricatures in the minds of the public - notably Thatcher’s successor John Major, whose puppet was entirely grey.