The big question is how closely the remake resembles the original satirical latex puppet show, as befits a show called Spitting Image.
The series, which aired on ITV from 1984 to 1996, was the focus of moral opposition to the most recent period of Tory rule.
The revival – launched on Saturday on streaming service Britbox – will reassure fans of the franchise that it has not lost its savagery or the will to shock.
One of the first images is of Donald Trump’s “ass hole”, resulting in an individual character, marked by an elongated loop resembling a penis. Unemployed Prince Harry in Los Angeles dresses as a Nazi and tries to earn a buck. Dominic Cummings is a stranger who wants to eat baby Wilfred Johnson as a snack, but even then Boris Johnson, a half-wise man, did not dare to dismiss him.
Britbox is a joint venture between ITV and the BBC, so the new director general, Tim Davy, is trying to reduce hostility to the company to Downing Street, believing that Cummings and Johnson will be blamed primarily on the business network.
There have been two major changes in the environment since the first flow of puppets. For one, in the face of considerable historical impossibility, the current political situation in England and the United States bears a sense of extreme caricature of the Thatcher-Reagan era in which the Spitting image first flourished.
The fact that the first episode to link Trump’s corona virus results was edited again from early Friday morning is very angry in the current news cycle. The show seems to use Trump and Johnson tweets – which can be layered on the screen at the last minute – to keep it as surface as possible.
Another change for the first time is that the community policed by social media is more sensitive to crime. The show has seemed a bit unfocused in recent episodes, but this time around, the show has seemed a bit unfocused in recent episodes.
ITV has acknowledged censoring the addition of carrot leaves to singer Ed Sheeran’s red head (now, by the way, this is Turnip Friends) but, in an earlier version, Sheeran’s puppet was a side dish of tone-ear hearing that would have been completely carrot.
Cultural Stop-It police will be especially alert to representations of race and class.
Here the series shows some caution. Interestingly, no words ending in Priti Patel Puppet G are given, thus avoiding her distinctive way of speaking. Patel is portrayed as a dominant, Michael Cove brings sex with his right-wing views, its rubber cheeks are swollen, like a wiped buttocks.
That painting is at least as resilient as the paintings of the Thatcher period. The range of goals is also interesting, with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Artern mocking being a politician in a massive Mary Bobbins scam. Teeth, the body part is still considered a safer target, especially the whip of Arden’s choppers.
The first show allows HRH to let Prince Andrew out with a little fun slapstick, but blessed, there are still nine weeks to come.