Are We Running Out Of Ideas For TV ?

Or Does It Prove The Old Ones Are The Best?

It feels that we are in the grip of re-makes and comebacks of classic TV shows.  From Drama to Sci-Fi through to classic comedy.  Even The Generation Game finally got a comeback, but the least said about that the better.

The number of times I get told people aren’t interested in old TV, concentrate on the new shows.  We live in an age of multi channel TV, much of it subscription based, where at the present moment Drama is king.

There are a huge variety of new style comedy shows appearing on the UKTV network.  From panel shows such as ‘Hypothetical’ to one off comedies such as ‘The Cruise’.  Despite this the news is full of stories of re-makes.

Perhaps these comebacks are building on the success of Doctor Who that returned to TV screens in 2006.




Just last week it was Crackerjack



And Bergerac



This week we have the return of Paddington

Ben Whishaw is to return to voice Paddington Bear for a new animated TV series for Nickelodeon.

The original TV series aired in the 1970’s on BBC1.  Since then there have been two animated versions. Both 2D animation one in 1989 from those cult animators Hanna Barbera and one in 1997.

Of course there have been the two hugely successful films.

Comedy Comebacks

In 2014 the BBC celebrated 60 years of sitcoms with their landmark comedy season.  They resurrected missing episodes of Hancock’s Half Hour and Till Death Us Do Part with an all new cast.  In addition there was remakes of Are You Being Served? which was panned by critics and viewers alike, and a new version of Porridge that made it to a full series.

And today we are introduced to the cast of the re-make of three missing Dad’s Army episodes.  GOLD are re-making three lost episodes with an all new cast.




Among the cast was to be legendary actor Bernard Cribbins, playing Private Godfrey.  However, 90 year old Cribbins has had to pull for “personal reasons”.  He will be replaced by Timothy West.  Joining Private Godfrey will be Kevin R. McNally as Captain Mainwaring, Robert Bathurst as Sergeant Wilson, Kevin Eldon as Lance Corporal Jones, Mathew Horne as Private Walker and David Hayman as Private Frazer.

Dad’s Army: The Lost Episodes will air later this year on GOLD.

So are we running out of ideas or are the old ones still the best?

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