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Topical 'Spitting Image' Reboot From BritBox UK Features Trumps' COVID-19 Quarantine

The first episode that was screened to press at a launch event in London on Friday featured the Trumps in quarantine, with the President tweeting away and Melania fiercely objecting.

Comedian Matt Forde, who voices both Trump and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said of his interpretation of the President, “You’re showing him for the populist he is, for the incompetent that he is, for the shallow idiot that he is.

Without giving away spoilers, Variety can reveal that the episode features caricatures of Johnson, his adviser Dominic Cummings, U.K. Labour Party leader Keir Starmer, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, activist Greta Thunberg, Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, home secretary Priti Patel, foreign secretary Dominic Raab, cabinet office minister Michael Gove, racing driver Lewis Hamilton and the Trumps and Joe Biden, among others.

When asked about caricaturing Thunberg, who is 17, Jess Robinson, who voices the Swedish activist as well as Melania Trump, Kim Kardashian, Ardern, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and others, said, “With other characters we can really go in, but with Greta it is a bit more affectionate.

“Topicality drives conversation, which is part of what we wanted to do,” said Harrison, who assured that the program will still have a “shelf life” beyond each weekly episode.

Reemah Sakaan, chief creative and brand officer for BritBox, said the platform is “spending a lot of time” discussing the boundaries of comedy, noting a “continuous review policy for everything that goes onto BritBox.” The service removed controversial variety show “Little Britain” over the summer due to its use of blackface.

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