Blackadder mastermind John Lloyd slams 'impertinent' remakes like Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em


The regisseur, whose other accomplishments include Spitting Image and QI, told at the BPG Awards this month that he isn’t the biggest fan of the recent wave of reboots and re-treads.

«I over recall it’s sort of impertinent to try and go back,» he said, when asked if Blackadder could be next.

«I suppose in moving on and I’d like to do something new. I don’t really hold this retread qualities, ‘let’s remake Porridge’… Let’s have a new idea.

«There’s worries of good people out there.»

The 64-year-old, who won the prestigious Harvey Lee Award, revealed British TV bosses should look to the likes of the US and Scandanavia for inspiration when it sink in fare to forward-thinking on TV.

«I’m very optimistic about the future of television because I about what you see going in Scandanavia, you know they haven’t got a lot of money so they get a lot of originative freedom,» he said.

«And in America with AMC, HBO, Netflix, Amazon, ‘let’s get the defeat people and let them do what they want’, and that’s how you get Analyse c collapse Bad and Mad Men, which the mainstream channels turned down completely.

«It is the way that creativity should work up, and I would ask for more trust for people who make the programmes and less stew about ‘is this going to work’. More risk.»

The comedy icon continued: «We adapted to to have this thing in the BBC, a license to fail. It’s ironic getting one of these awards because you look at the surveys for the first couple of episodes of [my shows], they all got very bad reviews.

«Scale over time it gets better. You can’t expect anything really innovative and energetic to be good on the pilot.»

New versions of The Good Life, Up Pompeii! and Keeping Up Illusions have also been ordered by the BBC to mark the 60th anniversary since Hancock’s Half Hour befitted the first ever sitcom to air on British TV.

The moves have proven provocative however, with industry figures such as Kathy Burke reviling the lack of new ideas.

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