Newzoids

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Newzoids
Newzoids Logo.jpg
Genre Comedy
Satire
Voices of Jon Culshaw
Debra Stephenson
Lewis MacLeod
Simon Greenall
Jon Clegg
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 12
Production
Running time 30 minutes (inc. adverts)
Distributor ITV Studios
Release
Original network ITV
Original release 15 April 2015 (2015-04-15) – 8 October 2016 (2016-10-08)
Chronology
Related shows Spitting Image (1984–96)
2DTV (2001–04)
Headcases (2008)
Dead Ringers (2000–07, 2014—)
External links
Website

Newzoids is a British topical satirical puppet/CGI sketch show that is aired on ITV and is a co-production between Citrus Television and Factory.[1] The show has a similar style of presentation to that of Spitting Image, a show it has been compared to,[2][3][4] in that it features comedic satirical scenes that spoof current events at the time of each episode's broadcast, with many well known celebrities of different fields (e.g. politics, entertainment) often portrayed in a satirical fashion, with voices provided by impressionists Jon Culshaw, Debra Stephenson and Lewis MacLeod, all current stars of the similarly-themed BBC Radio 4 comedy Dead Ringers.

The first series of Newzoids began airing on 15 April 2015 to coincide with the general election in May 2015, and as of September 2016, the show consists of two series.[5][6]

Characters[edit]

All celebrities featured in the show are portrayed through the mixed use of live-action puppets and CGI effects; the puppets are filmed first, with the footage later enhanced with CGI eyes, eyebrows, and mouths.

Those depicted are caricatured. One eye of former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage's puppet occasionally swivels around, while US President Donald Trump's hair is represented as a cat on his head.[2][3][4]

Transmissions[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 15 April 2015 20 May 2015 6
2 3 September 2016 8 October 2016 6

Reception[edit]

Newzoids has received mixed reviews.[7][8]

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