Spitting Image is CANCELED after just two seasons

Spitting Image was canceled after only two seasons after criticism that political satire was “toothless” and “too bright”.

The streaming platform confirmed to MailOnline Tuesday that the show, which has been revived for BritBox after a 24-year hiatus, has not been renewed for a third series.

The revamped Spitting Image is back in 2020 and is broadcast on broadcasting platform Britbox, a joint project of BBC and ITV.

The show used puppets voiced by comedians to portray the likes of Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Piers Morgan.

BritBox has linked the cancellation to the “imminent launch” of the television hub’s new ITVX streaming service, which will provide subscribers access to all BritBox and ITV Hub content.

The satirical series originally ran for 18 series between 1984 and 1996.

Spitting Image was canceled after only two seasons after criticism that political satire was

Spitting Image was canceled after only two seasons after criticism that political satire was “toothless” and “too bright”. Pictured: Boris Johnson’s Spitting Image Revival doll

The programme, which was revived for BritBox after a 24-year hiatus, has not been renewed for a third series, the streaming platform confirmed to MailOnline.  Pictured: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry dolls

The programme, which was revived for BritBox after a 24-year hiatus, has not been renewed for a third series, the streaming platform confirmed to MailOnline. Pictured: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry dolls

“BritBox will not be broadcasting any additional original orders due to the upcoming launch of ITVX,” the streaming platform told MailOnline.

The Spitting Image deal for ITV has yet to be confirmed or announced.

The show, which had a peak audience of 15 million viewers in the 1980s, has been described as “too expensive” to produce.

The production is said to have spent around £10,000 on each doll used in the show.

Matt Ford (pictured), the comedian and impressionist who voiced Boris Johnson and Donald Trump in the new series, argued that broadcasting Spitting Image on BritBox contributed significantly to its less than desirable ratings.

Matt Ford (pictured), the comedian and impressionist who voiced Boris Johnson and Donald Trump in the new series, argued that broadcasting Spitting Image on BritBox contributed significantly to its less than desirable ratings.

Also, the revival series didn’t get original viewership ratings.

Spitting Image’s Halloween 2020 special, which aired on ITV, drew 3.2 million viewers. The following year, the special was watched by 1.97 million viewers.

Ratings seem to drop even more when only 827,000 people tuned in to the 2021 Christmas special.

Matt Ford, the comedian and impressionist who voiced Boris Johnson and Donald Trump in the reboot, argued that broadcasting the Spitting Image on BritBox contributed significantly to its less than desirable ratings.

“I thought it would be crazy if there wasn’t an entire series on mainstream ITV,” he told i Newspaper. “They spent all this money to bring back this huge brand to hide it on BritBox.

“It should have been on ITV, Channel 4, BBC or Sky where everyone could watch it.

“I got crazy numbers when the specials were on ITV and the numbers online were all over the place.”

he added. “I just can’t believe he’s not on a major channel at a time like this.”

Ford also claimed that the show was canceled at a time when there was a “great public appetite” for political satire in the UK.

“There is a lack of irony and it is a tragedy,” he explained. There is a great public desire to see politicians ridiculed, but this is not reflected on television.

“We don’t have the Daily Show or Stephen Colbert’s Late Show like in the States. It’s crazy not to have a current comedy show all the time, you can’t just give it six weeks.

“Going to bed and finding an audience takes time for the show. It has never been experienced here.”

Spitting Image has been heavily criticized since its initial reboot in 2020. After its initial launch, the program was also criticized online as being

Spitting Image has been heavily criticized since its initial reboot in 2020. After its initial launch, the program was also criticized online as being “poorly written” and “too bright”. Pictured: Greta Thunberg doll at the show’s Christmas special

Tennis star Emma Raducano also appeared in Spitting Image Christmas Special

Tennis star Emma Raducano also appeared in Spitting Image Christmas Special

Last year, writers in Spitting Image faced backlash after portraying Jess Phillips, a Labor MP in Birmingham Yardley, as

Last year, writers in Spitting Image faced backlash after portraying Birmingham Yardley Labor MP Jess Phillips as a “disturbing and outspoken feminist superhero” shared by crime-fighting “v*g” and “big T*ts”

However, viewers claim that the show was canceled because it “wasn’t funny or sarcastic” and “utterly disgusting under Matt Ford”.

Viewer Stephen Moran tweeted: “I don’t think anyone will miss the current version of Spitting Image now that it’s over.” “It was bad, it lacked the original sting, was without humor and had horrible voiceovers.”

David Cheetham repeated: “I don’t think anyone who has seen a few episodes of the Spitting Image revival would have any doubts as to why it was cancelled. It was really miserable.”

Another said, “It’s worth remembering that the Spitting Image wasn’t just some weird anti-woman trash, it wasn’t funny or sarcastic.”

‘It is always a shame,’ cried Eileen Scattermon, ‘that a categorical and insightful political satire should dare to mock those at the top of the ladder.

“Fortunately, the new Spitting Image under Matt Forde was nothing like that. Take Chris Morris instead next time.”

Empty

Empty

Empty

Empty

Viewers claim that the show was canceled because it was

Viewers claim the show was canceled because it “wasn’t funny or sarcastic” and “utterly disgusting under Matt Ford”.

Others pointed out that the program’s content was the main reason for its cancellation, with one Twitter user saying, “Every scene I’ve seen stops me.”

Spitting Image has been under fire since its initial relaunch in 2020.

After the first launch, the program was also criticized online as “poorly written” and “too bright”.

Viewers claimed that it lacked the comedy depicted in the original series.

Comedian Chris Morris called the show “toothless” and claimed it “appeased the court.”

Spitting Image, too, was met with backlash last year when a “terrible” sketch starred Jess Phillips as a superhero used by “big v*g” and “big t*ts” to fight crime — although the labor attorney has previously been targeted. Threatened with death and rape.

The four-minute clip depicts Birmingham Member of Parliament Yardley as a “viral” and “disturbing and outspoken feminist superhero who wants to make Labor more electable”.

At the time, comedian Rachel Paris, who said she had good friends who worked on the show, called it “absolutely awful.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11352773/Spitting-Image-CANCELLED-just-two-seasons.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Spitting was canceled after only two seasons