POLL: Which classic UK TV show would you most like to comeback?

poll: which classic uk tv show would you most like to comeback?

Leonard 'Oz' Osborne, played by Jimmy Nail, was a loud, belligerent, abrasive, drunken Geordie - and how we loved him for it!

Betting experts are predicting Geordie comedy Auf Wiedersehen, Pet as the most likely ‘older’ TV show to make a comeback.

The odds of the series returning to our screens are as short as 7/4 after the original cast played Newcastle’s 02 City Hall in a string of 40-year anniversary shows last month. "And with most of the main actors still with us, this could easily prompt a new script," says Sportscasting.com spokesman Andy Newton.

He added: “Popular space-based comedy Red Dwarf is set for a return later this year, so this might spark other old classics to make comebacks - with TV bosses turning to tried and tested shows to win ratings."

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet is widely celebrated for its sharp wit, memorable characters, and poignant reflection on the lives of British construction workers during a time of economic struggle. It originally aired on ITV from 1983 to 1986, with subsequent series following in 2002 and 2004.

The show, created by Franc Roddam and written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, delves into themes such as friendship, camaraderie, and the working-class struggle, wrapped in a comedic yet heartfelt narrative. The men form a tight-knit community despite their diverse backgrounds and often conflicting personalities.

The series began with our magnificent seven jobless men travelling to West Germany in search of employment, eventually ending up working on a building site in Düsseldorf. The group comprises a diverse set of characters, each with their own quirks and backstories:

  1. Dennis Patterson (Tim Healy) - A level-headed Geordie and the unofficial leader of the group, dealing with his separation from his wife.
  2. Neville Hope (Kevin Whately) - A young and naive Geordie who misses his wife Brenda back home.
  3. Oz Osborne (Jimmy Nail) - A loud, boisterous, and often troublesome Geordie who causes much of the group's friction and humour.
  4. Wayne Norris (Gary Holton) - A suave Londoner with a keen interest in women and fashion.
  5. Albert Moxey (Christopher Fairbank) - A scouse (Liverpool) ex-convict with a penchant for trouble.

What other TV shows could return?

In addition to Jimmy Nail and co returning to our screens, the ‘little grey cells’ of Hercule Poirot could be back in action too - with the oddsmakers also making the ITV detective series short in the betting for a remake.

However, other old classics like Only Fools and Horses, The Royle Family and The Office are less likely to start up again, according to the bookies.

TV comeback odds

Top UK TV shows that could make a comeback

  1. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet 7/4
  2. Poirot 2/1
  3. Peep Show 3/1
  4. Men Behaving Badly 3/1
  5. Coupling 7/2
  6. Vicar of Dibley 4/1
  7. Inbetweeners 5/1
  8. Spooks 5/1
  9. One Foot in the Grave 6/1
  10. Blackadder 7/1
  11. Minder 8/1
  12. The Sweeney 8/1
  13. Only Fools and Horses 8/1
  14. Mr Bean 9/1
  15. Porridge 9/1
  16. The Royle Family 10/1
  17. The Professionals 12/1
  18. The Office 20/1

Commenting on the above odds, Andy added: “Legendary Poirot actor David Suchet (78) has ruled out playing the Belgian detective again - however, this doesn’t mean the popular ITV show won’t return with a new front man - as, don’t forget, Kenneth Branagh stepped into the role for the recent films.

“The main actors of the Inbetweeners, Peep Show and Men Behaving Badly have recently said they would struggle for a return, but Vicar Of Dibley fans will be ‘praying’ for more at 4/1. After the BBC aired three lockdown ‘Dibley Christmas specials’ back in 2019, Geraldine Granger could be ready to go again and looks the value call from the shows listed."

Which classic UK TV show would you most like to see make a comeback? Take our poll above and explain your choice in the comments below

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