7 April 2015

It's all starting up again next week, or is it?

'Newzoids' finally set to launch in the UK in a week

Are you old enough to remember the popular UK TV's political puppetry series, 'Spitting Image'? The famous political puppet series ran from 1984 to 1996 and was created by the two cartoonist masterminds, Peter Fluck and Roger Law. When I interviewed Roger Law in London last year, (for my latest documentary film - see below), he denied any personal involvement in the new series and didn't seem to know much about it.

Thirty years later, ITV’s new 'Spitting Image' style puppet satire Newzoids features the royal couple in a scene which has clearly been inspired by the pair, who run a bed and breakfast in Kent.  The Charles puppet is seen holding a remote control in one hand and a glass of white wine in the other while Camilla is cradling a dog while nursing a glass of red.  Of course, Charles and Camilla aren’t the only famous faces who’ve been immortalised.

Newzoids is a six-part series - a UK co-production for ITV between Citrus Television and Factory. The Series was commissioned by Director of Entertainment and Comedy for ITV, Elaine Bedell, and Claire Zolkwer, Commissioning Editor, Comedy Entertainment, ITV.

Featuring the voices of impressionists Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson, Newzoids’ groundbreaking mixture of low-tech traditional puppetry and state of the art animation puts a satirical and surreal spin on the stories and celebrities we read about every day.

In the world of Newzoids, anything can happen and no one in the public eye is safe from the Newzoids treatment. Amongst the roster of famous faces on the Newzoids roll call are Ant and Dec, Wayne Rooney, Beyonce, Harry Styles, Prince Harry, David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg, Barack Obama, Russell Brand and Simon Cowell. I shall be following this new series with interest and report back on this soon!

Newzoid begins on ITV on Wednesday 15th April at 9pm.

With this said, I shall shortly be launching a crowd-funding campaign for my latest documentary film, 'The Puppet and The Power' which discusses the puppet as a political weapon in over twenty countries and I'd love you all to be involved. If you are prepared to assist me in publicising this campaign internationally and help get this film out there, kindly give me a shout and let me know by clicking here! It will be most appreciated.

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