Meet the Newzoids, the New Puppet Satire From the Creators of Spitting Image

By Nick Cowen on at

If you’re one of the many, many souls who lament the day that Spitting Image got yanked off air – and if you’re not, what’s wrong with you? – rejoice! Plastic puppet caricatures of celebrities and newsmakers are set to return to our screens on a new telly programme called Newzoids.

The concept’s basically the same concept as Spitting Image: puppets that look like famous people pop up on the goggle box as if Madame Tussauds had been haunted and rigged up to cameras, and take the right royal piss.

According to the Metro, Newzoids errs more on the side of the celebrity than the political, with the likes of Beyoncé, Andy Murray and Russell Brand lined up for a good kicking. Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Vladmir Putin will be in there, too, though, so we still hold out hope for satire – and that the latter’s not an avid ITV watcher.

Newzoids is co-produced by Citrus Television, which was set up by Spitting Image alumnus Giles Pilbrow, with many of the voices provided by SI reliables Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson.

“ITV has a rich history of playing popular satirical comedy in peak time on its main channel, and it seemed a good time to revive it this year,” said ITV’s Elaine Bledell.

“We are pleased to be adding to our growing comedy portfolio with this funny and biting look at the world of politics and celebrity.”

As an example of this biting satire, one sketch is apparently going to feature doe-eyed TV science dude Brian Cox (not the one who played Hannibal in Manhunt) finding a new planet in Kim Kardashian’s rectum. Yep. Biting.

Newzoids has been commissioned as a six program series and is set to air on ITV in the spring. [Metro]