Thursday, October 13, 2016

The League of Gentlemen to return?

Jasper Jackson writes in the Guardian:
Mark Gatiss hopes to bring his dark comedy The League of Gentlemen back to TV screens, with Brexit providing the perfect excuse to revive the gruesomely insular characters of Royston Vasey. 
Speaking on BBC Radio 6 Music, the Sherlock and Doctor Who writer said he had talked to his co-creators about bringing back the show after more than a decade. 
"We’re hoping to [do it again] … We’ve talked seriously about doing something. We’re not quite sure what it is yet but we’d love to do something, it is 10 years," he said. 
Referring to the show’s “local shop for local people”, run by Edward and Tulip "Tubbs" Tattsyrup, Gatiss said: “I think increasingly, talking about prescience, we have become a local country for local people and I wonder if there is something Brexity in us that we can do. 
"Michael Gove’s resemblance to Edward from the local shop is not a coincidence."
I don't suppose the other three team members will be delighted to see it described as Mark Gatiss's dark comedy, but this has to be good news.

The only worry is how the show will feel almost 20 years on. When it first appeared, to anyone who had grown up in the provinces in the 1970s it did not seem a comedy so much as a documentary.

Gatiss says the series has gained new fans through YouTube and that he is
unsure whether a new show would feature similar characters, or whether the national mood would be better suited to new creations.

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