Michael Gove ‘incredibly flattered’ by Spitting Image puppet

PUBLISHED: 20:19 13 September 2020 | UPDATED: 20:19 13 September 2020

Michael Gove will appear on the new series of Spitting Image. Photograph: Spitting Image.

Michael Gove will appear on the new series of Spitting Image. Photograph: Spitting Image.

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Michael Gove has insisted he is ‘incredibly flattered’ by a Spitting Image puppet that appears to make his face out of two genitals.

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The programme is returning to TV screens with more than 100 puppets – including Gove, Dominic Raab, and a new-look Charles and Camilla.

Creators have promised a Who’s Who of famous faces in puppet form, such as the Queen, Kim Kardashian and even a “Boris Baby”.

Dominic Raab will appear on the new series of Spitting Image. Photograph: Spitting Image.Dominic Raab will appear on the new series of Spitting Image. Photograph: Spitting Image.

The satirical puppet show, which was watched by 15 million viewers in its heyday, will return on October 3 with a 10-week series on BritBox.

Producers previously unveiled images of Boris Johnson, his chief adviser Dominic Cummings and the Duke of York ahead of the show’s comeback.


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Gove has insisted he is “incredibly flattered” by the use of two genitals to create his face on a puppet.

He told Times Radio: “It’s an honour”.

“But they’ve made your face looks like genitals,” presenter Luke Jones tells him.

“Er, I think even my most generous friends would say my face is designed for radio”.

Spitting Image co-creator Roger Law said the puppets are “oven ready” for the new series.

He explained: “Everything the team have done on the new Spitting Image shows – the caricatures, puppets and satirical gags – have all been done in the public interest, as Boris might say: ‘Pro bono publico.’

“It’s time to come off furlough!” he said of the show’s return.

“The people have spoken and the puppets are ‘oven ready’.

“We’re going to take back control from the likes of Boris, Cummings, Trump, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

“There will be tongue-lashings from our weather girl, Greta Thunberg, you’ll be knocked out by Tyson Fury and dazzled and amazed by Beyonce and Herr Jurgen Klopp.”

Producers said scripts are being written and new puppets made as close to each episode as possible.

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