Are You Being Served? gets the reboot treatment from BBC

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It's getting to the point now even the phrase "nothing is ever sacred" has become sickeningly common. "Nothing is ever sacred" is now no longer sacred.

And so rolls in the latest reboot. Chortle have confirmed that nostalgically adored British sitcom Are You Being Served? is the latest victim of the trend, primed now to be rebooted to screens with an 'all-star cast', and with a filming date set to take place 5 March, in front of a live studio audience. 

It's all part of what the BBC are claiming will be a "landmark comedy season" later this year, which apparently involves not the creation and promotion of new talent and ideas, but the dredging out of fond memories for another round on the televisual stage. 

The new series will apparently "pick up where Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft's much-loved comedy left off", promising to "bring some of the nation's all-time favourite sitcom characters including Mrs Slocombe, Captain Peacock, Miss Brahms, and Mr Humphries back to life with an all-star cast".

Are You Being Served? ran for a total 69 episodes between 1972 and 1985 on BBC One; originally starring Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Nicholas Smith, and Wendy Richard. 

Other rumoured reboots for the BBC season are Porridge, The Good Life, Up Pompeii!, and Keeping Up Appearances; the season as a whole celebrating 60 years since Tony Hancock's show, Hancock's Half Hour, first made the transition from radio to TV, marking a highly influential moment in the development of the modern sitcom. 

 

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