Hy­acinth Pat’s re­boot jibe ‘sad’

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AC­TRESS Kerry Howard, who plays a young Hy­acinth Bucket in the Keep­ing Up Ap­pear­ances pre­quel, has de­scribed Pa­tri­cia Rout­ledge’s re­sponse to the new drama as “sad”.

Young Hy­acinth is one of the come­dies an­nounced for the BBC’s land­mark sit­com sea­son, with the cor­po­ra­tion re­vis­it­ing much-loved clas­sics such as Are You Be­ing Served? and Por­ridge.

The one-off episode is set be­fore Hy­acinth mar­ried long-suf­fer­ing Richard and be­comes a sub­ur­ban snob. It sees her in poverty in a grim house in the 1950s with her drunk­ard dad and three sis­ters.

Pa­tri­cia starred in the orig­i­nal se­ries but ear­lier this year sug­gested that she was unim­pressed with the idea of re­vis­it­ing some of Bri­tain’s best-loved TV se­ries.

“Why are they do­ing this sort of thing?” the ac­tress, 87, was quoted as say­ing. “They must be des­per­ate. Re­mind me to switch off.”

But Kerry ( above), 34, said: “Oh, it’s so sad, isn’t it? She was scathing about the whole project.” THE word ‘pix­i­lated’ means ‘Slightly mad or con­fused, hav­ing been led astray by pix­ies’.

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