Stars of the BBC 's Fast Show want a return of the 90s classic comedy to put a post-pandemic smile back on our faces.
They’ve reunited for a documentary on the catchphrase-laden sketch show and have been discussing a full comeback – if the BBC wants it.
John Thomson, who starred in the hit series which ran from 1994 to 2000, thinks a bit of sketch-based fun is just what the country needs.
He said: “There are no sketch [shows] in the schedules any more, and, after this pandemic, we need comedy, we need entertainment.
“If The Fast Show doesn’t come back in some guise, I’d like to do a character show of my own.”
The actor, right, who had huge success in the ITV drama Cold Feet, misses working on the show.
People still shout “Grrrreat” at him in the street in reference to his portrayal of hip jazz presenter Louis Balfour – but loves it and replies “Niiice”.
“For an actor to do sketch work is joyous, the absolute best thing you could possibly do because you can really show your skill set,” he said.
The Fast Show spawned memorable lines such as “Brilliant!”, “You ain’t seen me, right?”, “Suits you, Sir”, “Scorchio!” and “Does my bum look big in this?”
It starred a host of comic talent including Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Simon Day, Mark Williams and Arabella Weir.
A new retrospective also recalls the late Caroline Aherne, who played the chatterbox wife Renee and the “Scorchio!” weather presenter. She died of lung cancer in 2016.
If it does return, the format might move away from a series of full-on sketches.
Co-creator Charlie Higson recently revealed it may be hard to get “the whole machine back up again”. In the documentary characters such as awkward gamekeeper Ted and rambling, sozzled QC Rowley Birkin feature as talking heads discussing their old selves.
•The Fast Show: Just a Load of Blooming Catchphrases is on Gold on August 29.
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