Marcus Rashford and Gareth Southgate are the latest stars to get Spitting Image puppets after their heartbreak in the Euro 2020 final, and we’re not quite sure what to make of them.
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.
Rashford, on the other hand, looks earnestly into the camera with his hands clasped.
Harry Kane has also been given the Spitting Image treatment and the England captain points at the Three Lions on his chest under a blue training jacket in first-look photos.
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.
‘Also in line with Boris, this series will go massively over budget with the full support of BritBox.’
He added: ‘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.’
Southgate took England players Rashford and Kane to the final at this year’s Euro 2020 earlier this month.
The Three Lions got off to a flying start at Wembley with Luke Shaw’s early opener but Italy were able to force extra time and penalties with Leonardo Bonucci’s equaliser in the second half.
While Jordan Pickford made two crucial saves, it wasn’t enough with youngster Bukayo Saka missing the crucial penalty sealing Italy’s 3-2 win.
Spitting Image originally ran for 18 series between 1984 and 1996 and was watched by 15 million viewers in its heyday.
Spitting Image returns September 11 on BritBox.
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