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Newzoids returns for second series

Published: Mon 09 May 2016

Newzoids returns for second series
Newzoids, the topical animation sketch show that pokes fun at the biggest names in politics and pop culture, will return to ITV for a second series later this year. 
The six part series sees our most famous faces brought to life through puppetry, state of the art animation and the voices of some of Britain’s best-loved impressionists, including Jon Culshaw, Debra Stephenson, Lewis Macleod and Simon Greenall. 
Putting its own satirical and surreal twist on current affairs and showbiz stories, Newzoids features an ensemble of off the wall characters who bear more than a passing resemblance to some of the world’s most recognisable celebrities. 
Up to 50 new faces will be getting the Newzoids treatment for series two, including Jeremy Corbyn, Adele, Donald Trump, Danny Dyer, Zayn Malik and Bear Grylls, adding to the 70 existing Newzoids characters who include David Cameron, The Queen, Ant and Dec and Simon Cowell.
The writing team consists of a blend of established and up-and-coming talent including Pete Sinclair, Sarah Morgan, Madeleine Brettingham, Dan Gaster, Gabby Hutchinson Crouch, Carey Marx, Bert Tyler Moore, George Jeffrie, Tom Jamieson, Nev Fountain, Colin Swash, and Annabel Port.
Saskia Schuster, Commissioning Editor, Comedy, ITV said “Newzoids’ first series proved to be funny, fresh and biting, creating its very own surreal world of politics and celebrity. I look forward to meeting the many new Newzoids puppet creations…celebrities and MPs beware, nobody is safe!” 
Newzoids is a co-production for ITV between Citrus Television and Factory. The series will be overseen by Saskia Schuster as part of the newly formed Comedy Entertainment team. 
About Citrus
Citrus Television is run by Giles Pilbrow (Have I Got News for You, 2DTV, Spitting Image), Caroline Norris (Dead Ringers, Armstrong and Miller, Raised by Wolves) and Dominic Brigstocke (Alan Partridge, Smack the Pony, Green Wing).
Citrus Television co-produced five series of the multi award-winning Horrible Histories, and three series of the Bafta-nominated Gory Games. Recently Citrus made a Bafta-nominated sketch show about sport and health called Fit for CBBC and two series of Don’t Sit in the Front Row, an improvised comedy show for SKY 1 with Jack Dee.
Horrible Histories is the first children's programme to win a British Comedy Award and the first programme to win four successive BAFTAs.
About Factory
Factory, led by MD Phil Chalk, is a multi-genre animation studio that creates and produces innovative and award-winning content for film and television.
Factory is a full service production company with unique expertise across all animation disciplines including stop-frame, 3D CGI and 2D. The prolific studio co-produced the highly acclaimed Strange Hill High with CBBC, and developed the show's innovative puppet animation techniques in house. 
Factory is currently co-producing Scream Street with Coolabi, airing on CBBC, and has also co-produced the critically acclaimed, Bafta winning Clangers series for Cbeebies and NBC Universal.