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The Boris Johnson used in the show

The Boris Johnson used in the show

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The Boris Johnson used in the show

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his adviser Dominic Cummings will be portrayed in puppet form as a dishevelled buffoon and a scheming mastermind, pictures released by the makers of the cult satirical TV show Spitting Image showed yesterday.

The programme, which originally ran from 1984 to 1996, has been resurrected for a new series starting this year.

Pictures from the new incarnation show an overweight Johnson flapping a badly knotted neck tie beneath a shock of blond hair.

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His chief aide Cummings, in contrast, has his hands pressed together in contemplation under his chin, paired with steep, arching eyebrows and an enlarged cranium.

Cummings, architect of the 2016 Brexit campaign, is regarded by critics as the most powerful unelected man in the UK government with an outsized influence over his boss.

Johnson cultivates an eccentric, comedic, yet intellectual persona that often divides opinion, but helped win the trust of British voters in a landslide election victory last year.

The new series will air on BritBox, a streaming service created by the BBC and ITV broadcasters.

At its peak, Spitting Image drew audiences of 15 million viewers - roughly a quarter of the UK population.

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The new series has unveiled mock-ups of Donald Trump, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg will provide weather updates.


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