Are You Be­ing Irked?

Ac­tor Mike miffed about snub for sit­com re­make

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY TOM BRYANT Head of Show­biz and PETER ROBERT­SON

ARE You Be­ing Served? star Mike Berry has told of his sad­ness at not be­ing cast in the re­make, but fears it will not be as good any­way.

The ac­tor, who played Bert Spooner in the sit­com, said: “I’m dis­ap­pointed they didn’t ask me to be in it. I fancy Arthur English’s role of Mr Har­man, though Arthur Smith is bril­liant cast­ing.”

Mike, 73, ad­mit­ted he was “sur­prised” at the de­ci­sion to re­vamp the BBC One clas­sic, adding: “I thought maybe it was a mis­take.” It airs on Sun­day and stars John Chal­lis, Ja­son Watkins and Sher­rie Hew­son. Mike said: “I’m in­trigued to see how it turns out and how the char­ac­ters work with dif­fer­ent ac­tors. Some are well-matched, but they’ll never be quite the same and if you com­pare the new ones with the orig­i­nals, I think you’ll be dis­ap­pointed.” The orig­i­nal show ran from 1972 to 85. Mike was also a pop singer, with chart hits in the 1960s and early 1980s. He joins Marty Wilde, Eden Kane and Mark Wyn­ter on The Solid Gold Rock n Roll Show UK tour this au­tumn.

ROLE Mike Berry as Bert Spooner

CLAS­SIC COM­EDY Mike, cir­cled, in the orig­i­nal cast

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