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Video report: Newzoids bring the puppet back into political satire

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Now back in 1984 a brand new programme arrived called Spitting Image - which of course was a satirical puppet show which pulled no punches as it made fun of the rich and famous. Well, fast-forward over thirty years and puppets are back!

Tomorrow night the totally irreverent show Newzoids bursts onto our screens. Our entertainment correspondent Caroline Whitmore headed to Altrincham to the home of 'Factory' where the programme is being made.

Video: Exclusive sneak peak at the voices behind 'Newzoids'

Ed Miliband's puppet Credit: ITV

A new satirical puppet show hits our TV screens tomorrow night - 20 year after the demise of Spitting Image.

The new show from ITV is Newzoids, co-produced by Altrincham-based animators Factory. It pokes fun at politicians and celebrities alike as it looks at the week's main news events.

No-one is safe. All of our politicians are fair game especially the men of the moment David Cameron, Ed Milliband and Nick Clegg .

One of the voices of the show, Jon Culshaw, gave us a sneak impression of some of our top political leaders:

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No-one is safe 'Funny and biting' satire show from Altrincham animators hits our TV screens tomorrow

Ed Milliband's Newzoid image Credit: ITV

A new satirical puppet show hits our TV screens tomorrow night - 20 year after the demise of Spitting Image.

The new show from ITV is Newzoids, co-produced by Altrincham-based animators Factory. It pokes fun at politicians and celebrities alike as it looks at the week's main news events.

No-one is safe. All of our politicians are fair game especially the men of the moment David Cameron, Ed Milliband and Nick Clegg .

David Cameron's Newzoid image Credit: ITV

But we can also look forward to seeing Wayne Rooney, Harry Styles, Russell Brand, Beyonce, Prince Harry, Simon Cowell and Barack Obama in the six-part series, which uses a mixture of traditional puppetry and state-of-the-art animation. Spitting Image veterans Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson are among the impressionists who will bring the colourful caricatures to life.

ITV has a rich history of playing popular satirical comedy in peak time on its main channel, and it seemed a good time to revive it this year.

We are pleased to be adding to our growing comedy portfolio with this funny and biting look at the world of politics and celebrity.

– Elaine Bedell, director of entertainment and comedy at ITV

Donations flood in for soldier who was found dead

Private Paul, served with the 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment. Credit: MEN Syndication

Touching tributes and donations of more than £8,000 have flooded in for the family of a soldier found dead at his home in Timperley, Altrincham, last week.

Commanding officers told how Bradley Paul, 23, struggled to come to terms with life after he recovered from injuries he suffered in a bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2012.

Private Paul, who served with the 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment, but was medically discharged from the Army last year.

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Student Paul's the only correct score winner after Brazil v Germany

Paul's a winner thanks to Germany (and Brazil)

A student from Altrincham was one bookmaker's only correct score winner from last night's World Cup game between Brazil and Germany.

Paul Wheatley, a 22-year-old music student, made an 80p wager at 300/1 that Germany would be ahead by five goals to nil at half time.

The wager returned Paul, who studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, £240.80.

Bookmaker William Hill said not one of their other 120,000 correct score bets came close to matching Paul’s.

Paul, who plays double bass, was not even watching last night's game - instead he was enjoying a movie with his girlfriend.

He said: “I was following the match on the FIFA app on my phone and after the third goal went in, we left the film and turned over to the footy.

The score last night. Credit: PA

“After the fifth goal was scored in the 30th minute, we were subjected to the tensest quarter of an hour ever.”

When asked why he chose Germany, Paul said that not only has he rated them throughout the whole tournament but his mother is German and he was born, and spent seven years, in Dusseldorf.

Paul added: “There was no logic behind my selection, I just like to place small wagers at long odds in the hope that I will win big.”

Paul is now planning on putting his windfall towards driving lessons and a year studying in Germany next year.

“To highlight exactly how extraordinary this achievement is, we had exactly 121,026 bets placed on correct scores and Paul was the only one who came out with a profit,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

Custard pie boy petition attracts 1,000 signatures

A petition set up by a pupil, permanently expelled from school after pushing a custard pie into a teacher's face, has attracted more than one thousand signatures.

Jacob Dowdle, 18, was celebrating his last day of lessons when he decided to play the ‘prank’ Credit: Manchester Evening News

Jacob Dowdle, 18, was celebrating his last day of lessons at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys when he decided to play the ‘prank’ involving a paper plate and whipped cream.

Furious teachers reported the matter to police, and two days later, he was expelled after the school discovered a video of the pie attack had been posted online.

Jacob's former school, Altrincham Grammar School for Boys Credit: Manchester Evening News

Jacob, who has apologised in writing, is now begging the school to reverse its decision, and his petition has been backed by TV comedian Jason Manford.

He says he is desperate to study French and Business at degree level but believes no university will take him with this on his record.

Tim Gartside, headteacher of the school, said: “Jacob Dowdle’s behaviour was not a prank.

“His slapping of a teacher in the face was a planned assault.

“The school will always take a firm stance with students who assault staff in any way.”

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