Spitting Image didn’t hold back (Picture: ITV/Getty)
Spitting Image didn’t hold back on its return to TV for an election special, joking about Donald Trump and voter fraud, Boris Johnson summoning Margaret Thatcher from the dead, and Keir Starmer becoming a masked vigilante.
However, one joke was particularly topical after MPs voted against the free school meals scheme continuing over the holidays with footballer Marcus Rashford stepping in to organise restaurants and councils around the country to help feed kids in need of meals.
With the Prime Minister’s puppet pondering a mature way of telling Marcus that they had voted against the scheme, the satire comedy show quickly cut to the puppet sat in the stands of a Manchester United game, dressed in blue amid a sea of red, of course.
Naturally, he had his own chant to deliver the news – ‘Marcus Rashford, do good b****rd, we kept all the pies.’
Some fans were left in stitches at the apt chant, sharing it to social media. One added: ‘Got to love spitting image,’ while another dubbed it ‘carefully crafted edgy humour.’
Spitting Image, which was first broadcast in the 1980s, returned this year, and has already been renewed for a second series in 2021.
The show originally ran for 18 series between 1984 and 1996 and was watched by 15 million viewers in its heyday.
Produced throughout the pandemic, over 100 puppets were developed by socially distanced teams of artists ready for launch, including Baby Yoda, Barack Obama, and Boris Johnson.
In September, creator Roger Law hit back against complaints the puppets are racist and insisted its portrayal of black celebrities is fair game.
‘People sit around looking for things to complain about, and I do big noses and big ears. It’s personal – it’s not a racist thing,’ he said.
‘[Personal parody] has more effect on individuals than waxing lyrical about their policies.’
Spitting Image is available to stream on BritBox.
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