Is anyone safe? Spitting Image returns to Australian television screens with Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern among the dolls
- British satirical puppet show Spitting Image has returned to Australian screens
- The show has cartoons of world leaders, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison
- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also has a puppet on the show
- The outgoing President of the United States, Donald Trump, also makes an appearance
- The show will be available on Monday on BritBox, a joint venture with the BBC and ITV
Dolls mocking Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern will grace Australian television screens when Spitting Image returns this week.
The UK satirical puppet show is back on Monday with cartoons of Australian and New Zealand leaders meekly serenading authoritarian Chinese Communist Party President Xi Jinping while imposing trade sanctions and violating human rights.
Mr Morrison is depicted in a Hawaiian shirt and is broadcasting the Australian Prime Minister’s trip to the US during the terrible bushfire season in late 2019.
Roger Law, co-creator of the show, said Mr. Morrison had “a slightly crazy look at him”.
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Scott Morrison’s puppet wears a Hawaiian shirt and mocks the Australian Prime Minister’s overseas trip during the terrible bushfire season in late 2019
New Zealand guide Jacinda Ardern also has her own doll with exaggerated mouth and teeth
Johannes Leak, the cartoonist for the Australian newspaper, drew the cartoons and carried on a family tradition started by his late father, Bill Leak.
“It’s a very good puppet,” Mr. Law told The Sydney Morning Herald.
Ms. Ardern, the New Zealand Labor leader, also has her own puppet with an exaggerated mouth and teeth.
The Kiwi Prime Minister holds a sheep doll in her hand as she plays the character of Mary Poppins in the ninth episode of the series.
The show was originally launched in 1984 and was one of the most successful shows on British television during its 18-year run.
Spitting Image will now be available to Australians through the brand new streaming service BritBox, a joint venture between the BBC and ITV that also launches on Monday.
Outgoing US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson are also mocked on the show.
Mr Law said while the show has been widely successful, it is also difficult to keep up with as new dolls take up to a week to make.
Creepy dolls imitating Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern will appear on Australian television screens starting Monday
Roger Law (pictured), co-creator of the show, said Mr. Morrison was “a bit of a sucker”.
The 10-episode season replayed 100 new dolls, including international executives and celebrities.
While elements of social satire and recurring storylines are written in advance, the show stays up to date with its timely response to news events.
Each episode is recorded days before it airs.
While Mr Law was giving retirement a rift, the 79-year-old decided to bring the show back due to the current political climate.
‘Christ, is the right time. It is very difficult for satirists to travel a lot of kilometers for people like Trump and Boris [Johnson]because they do it for you, ”he said.
“But with dolls you can get them to do things that humans don’t. On our show, Trump has an enlarged colon, he tweets with his hole. It’s very graphic. ‘
Former US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Borris Johnson are also being mimicked on the show
Celebrities like Kim Kardashain (left) and Billie Eilish (right) are also being mimicked