BBC One is reportedly looking to revive at least five classic sitcom formats as part of its forthcoming Landmark Sitcom Season.
Trade magazine Broadcast reports that executives are looking at The Good Life, Are You Being Served?, Up Pompeii!, Keeping Up Appearances and Porridge as programmes that could possibly return for specials.
Broadcast says: “The projects are at a variety of stages and are being overseen by BBC Productions comedy executive producer Ben Farrell, who is in discussions with writers and talent.”
It’s reported that each show will come back for a one-off 30 minute special, with the potential to continue if the episode is popular and gets good ratings.
BBC did something similar with Still Open All Hours in 2013. The Christmas special was a popular success and it was then granted a full series.
It is likely this will be happening in July 2016, timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the TV version of Hancock’s Half Hour. To go with the revivals, the season will also feature Dad’s Army making-of dram We’re Doomed! and a new episode of Mrs Brown’s Boys which will be broadcast live.
So here’s hoping all of this comes to fruition and 2016 will be a great year for all of us British Comedy lovers!