Bets on further classic telly comebacks

Bookies bet on which classic TV shows will return next.

Are You Being Served 2016

“After the success of some of the recent reboots and revisits could see another wave later this year or next and we think that The Generation Game, The Fast Show and The Vicar of Dibley are the most likely,” – William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

As a wave of nostalgia sweeps the nation with the return of Cold Feet, Robot Wars and The Crystal Maze and specials of Goodnight Sweetheart, Porridge and Are You Being Served hitting the screens, William Hill are looking to the future to predict what might be next.

The Generation Game which was last on our screens in 2002 is just Even money to return before the end of next year while favourites The Fast Show and Vicar of Dibley are 2/1.

Family game show The Generation Game began on BBC One in 1971 with former Sunday Night at the London Palladium, (which has also had a recent revival) host Bruce Forsyth at the helm, however the show reached its ratings peak under the king of camp Larry Grayson during his run from 1978 to 1982. The show was revived in 1990 running until 2002 with first Bruce back in charge, and later Jim Davidson taking over proceedings.

BBC The Vicar of Dibbly - Dawn French

Sketch series The Fast Show hit the air on BBC Two in 1994. It last had a regular TV series in 1997, however has seen two further specials in 2000 and 2014 and an online series in 2011. The programme starred Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Mark Williams, John Thomson, Simon Day, Arabella Weir and the late Caroline Aherne. Dawn French comedy The Vicar of Dibley keeps coming out of retirement so its no wonder it’s on the bookies list. Six series, and 20 episodes, have been produced between 1994 and 2007; with six charity telethon mini-episodes also produced. The last Red Nose Day special aired in 2015 which saw the story become The Bishop of Dibley.

Other shows that have been priced up include comedy Goodness Gracious Me at 3/1, sitcom Men Behaving Badly at 6/1, snooker game show Big Break at 8/1 and cult sitcom Only Fools and Horses also at 8/1.

Outsiders include live Channel 4 daily morning show The Big Breakfast at 25/1 and former ITV cop drama The Bill at 20/1.

To have a special episode or new series before the end of 2017 (not including sketch for Comic Relief, Sports Relief, etc.): Evens The Generation Game; 2/1 The Vicar of Dibley; 2/1 The Fast Show; 3/1 Goodness Gracious Me; 6/1 Men Behaving Badly; 8/1 Big Break; 8/1 Only Fools and Horses; 10/1 Allo Allo; 20/1 The Bill; 25/1 The Big Breakfast

The Bill final episode - cast and crew 2010 Thames TV / ITV

Pictured Top: The 2016 version of Are You Being Served? (BBC), Middle: Dawn French as The Vicar of Dibley (BBC) and Bottom: The Bill cast and crew. (Thames TV)
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