In their latest Landmark Comedy Season press release the BBC have released details of the Prequel to Keeping Up Appearences.
As was widely expected it will be called “Young Hyacinth” as with Keeping Up Appearences it will be written by Roy Clarke who said of the new one off: “Often, even during the elder Hyacinth’s reign, I would wonder what this formidable mature lady would have been like as a young woman. Would the Hyacinth powers already be there? Well, to my delight, I’ve been given the chance to find out,” Clarke said.
“I’ve been allowed to wander into her background and investigate, almost a piece of archaeology really, until there she was – Young Hyacinth in early blossom. I hope those who knew her in her prime will find as much pleasure in this recreation of her as I have.”
As for casting the part of Young Hyacinth will be played by Kerry Howard, sister of comedian Russell Howard. She said: “This is a gift of a part… I can’t wait to play her.”
Of course there has to be sister Rose, she’ll be played by Katie Redford who found fame briefly after being cast as Bethany, Sarah Platt’s daughter in Coronation Street, but was dropped after it emerged she gave a false age to win a part as a 14-year-old. She was actually 25 at the time, but her CV said she was 19.
Hyacinth’s Father will be played by Game of Thrones and The Full Monty actor, Mark Addy.
He will be seen scraping a living as a part-time brush salesman who travels on a tricycle and also has an alcohol problem.
Young Hyacinth will also feature Tony Gardner (Last Tango In Halifax, Fresh Meat), Debra Stephenson (The Impressions Show), Tim Downie (Toast Of London) and James Wrighton (I Live With Models).
The show is set in the late 1950s, where a young Hyacinth will be seen desperately trying to force her family to climb the social ladder.
Young Hyacinth will be broadcast as part of the BBC Landmark Comedy season this summer and joins Hancock’s Half Hour, Steptoe and Son, Till Death Us Do Part and Are You Being Served, all of which are being re-made as one offs. Earlier this year Frank Spencer returned for Sports relief.