Hyacinth is coming back!
Week of November 23, 2015
Revivals for some British comedy classics
The inimitable Patricia Routledge as Hyacinth Bucket.

Some exciting news for fans of British comedy hit the airwaves recently, when the BBC announced that Keeping Up Appearances will be revived – as a prequel! Hyacinth’s creator Roy Clark apparently has already finished the pilot episode, which is set when Hyacinth is a 19 year old. The working title of the pilot is Young Hyacinth and I’d love to hear your suggestions as to who might play her and the rest of her character’s family members!

Revivals for some British comedy classics
Writer Roy Clark.

The series revival is all part of the BBC’s plans next year to mark the 60th anniversary of the first ever British televised sitcom, Hancock’s Half Hour, starring Tony Hancock. In what the BBC is calling "The Landmark Sitcom Season" they are also said to be wanting to revive other classic half hour comedy series. Some of the shows under consideration are Porridge, The Good Life (Good Neighbors), Are You Being Served? and Up Pompeii! Like Young Hyacinth, the other revival shows will also be reworked and according to a BBC spokesperson, they have enlisted “the biggest names in British comedy writing and performing to revisit loved classics”. The BBC has been careful to point out though that not all of the shows they are considering will come to fruition.

"There are a number of shows being considered for BBC One’s Landmark Sitcom Season but nothing is confirmed as yet”, said a BBC spokesman, who also confirmed that they are in “discussions with writers and talent”.

Revivals for some British comedy classics
Ronnie Barker in Porridge.

As well as Roy Clark, the writers of Porridge, which starred the dearly missed Ronnie Barker, have confirmed they are also working on a script for a spin-off series. If you are not familiar with Porridge, it’s one of the BBC’s most loved sitcoms. In it, Ronnie Barker plays Norm Fletcher who has been incarcerated for house-breaking. Nicholas Lyndhurst stars in the original as Fletch’s son Raymond. The revival series is about Fletch’s grandson, who is in prison for computer hacking. Apparently, Tony Award winning actor James Corden was slated to play the role, but had to turn it down because of his U.S. television talk show scheduling commitments.

Next summer is when the sitcoms are said to be airing in the U.K. and we’ll be sure to let you know if and when they make it over here. In the meantime, be sure to tune into Afternoon Tea on MPT weekday afternoons beginning at 1pm for a host of great British comedy series.

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