Cummings to a TV near you

Spitting Image returns after 24 years with PM's advisor and a sweaty Prince Andrew among the puppets.

For everyone in search of a laugh, it's very good news to know that the once ground-breaking satirical show is set to make a come back. The programme-makers say: 'With the world getting smaller and more turbulent, the time couldn't be more appropriate for an iconic British satirical take on global events.' 

The show is the first original commission announced by BritBox UK, the streaming service launched by the BBC and ITV, and Spitting Image co-creator Roger Law is back on board for the show, which was watched by 15 million viewers in its heyday.

The show famously featured Margaret Thatcher in a man's suit treating her cabinet - 'the vegetables' - with contempt, John Major as a grey puppet and the Queen Mother slugging from a gin bottle. Ronald Reagan was featured in bed with two red call buttons, one marked Nurse, the other Nuke.

The new show will feature the obvious motley crew, plus a few 'left field' characters. Expect to see the UK political establishment being lampooned, and Donald Trump, Beyonce, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Vladimir Putin, Bernie Sanders, Elon Musk, RuPaul, Adele and James Corden will also get the satirical treatment.

If this new series - scheduled to air in the autumn this year - is as funny as the original incarnation, we're going to be enjoying lots of laughter!

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