Strange, we were just discussing the lack of any new satire in recent years, particularly as this year is General Election year and then up pops some great news.

ITV is to launch a new satirical puppet show.  Newzoids, which will broadcast in the run up to the General Election, is described as a “topical puppet animation sketch show poking fun at pop stars, politicians, sports faces and TV favourites, and depicting our most talked about famous faces in a way they have never been seen before.”

The show will combine “high-energy puppetering, snappy writing and pinpoint accurate impressions” with “a cast of outrageous and off the wall characters based on some of the world’s most prolific celebrities.”

This new commission from ITV comes nearly 20 years after the end of Spitting Image, the network’s famous puppet sketch show.

The new six part series will include the voices of impressionists such as Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson with a “groundbreaking mixture of low-tech traditional puppetry and state of the art animation” putting “a satirical and surreal spin on the stories and celebrities we read about every day.”

ITV explains: “Imagine a world where David Cameron and Nick Clegg battle it out on Jeremy Kyle, where Ed Miliband joins Ant & Dec on I’m A Catastrophe… Get Me Out Of Here, and where Professor Brian Cox finds an extraordinary new planet in the solar system – Kim Kardashian’s backside.”

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