Gareth Southgate, Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford getting Spitting Image puppets

The second series of the satirical show will begin in September.

Gareth Southgate Spitting Image style
Gareth Southgate Spitting Image style

Gareth Southgate, Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford are the latest stars to get the Spitting Image treatment after their heartbreak in the Euro 2020 final.

The satirical comedy will be back on BritBox for a second series on September 11 after it returned to screens in 2020 for the first time in 24 years.

In pictures revealed by series co-creator Roger Law in a Royal Television Society panel session, England manager Southgate can be seen with a particularly large nose, standing mid-applause dressed in a dark suit jacket with raised collar.

Harry Kane ((Mark Harrison/BritBox/Avalon))

England captain Kane points at the Three Lions on his chest under a blue training jacket, while Rashford looks earnestly into the camera with his hands clasped.

The first series of the show featured public figures including Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings, Greta Thunberg, Donald Trump and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Law, who returned to head up the rebooted show’s creative team, said: “In this next Spitting Image series we will be in line with Boris’s ‘Levelling-up Policy’.

“The puppets are moving to Hartlepool. We were going last week but we all got pinged on our apps so Dominic Cummings will be driving us back and forth until the HS2 is operating.

Marcus Rashford (Mark Harrison/BritBox/Avalon)

“Also in line with Boris, this series will go massively over budget with the full support of BritBox.

“We will also be levelling off the number of our political puppets by introducing puppet characters that have a grasp of what they do for a living – the English football team along with Gareth Southgate for starters.

“With lunacy rife, it is a tough time for satire but someone has to do it.”

Nana Hughes, ITV head of comedy and BritBox commissioning executive, added: “We welcome the return of Spitting Image to BritBox this autumn.

“With the twists and turns of the current political climate I have no doubt that Roger’s puppets and Jeff’s writing team will produce sketches that will make us laugh a lot and squirm as much as watching Matt Hancock’s secret snog!”

Spitting Image originally ran for 18 series between 1984 and 1996 and was watched by 15 million viewers in its heyday.

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