could nicholas lyndhurst’s sitcom time-travel across to itv?
Goodnight Sweetheart could be heading to ITV. The classic sitcom, starring Nicholas Lyndhurst as time traveller Gary Sparrow, was recently revived for a special episode as part of BBC1’S Landmark Comedy season.
Following the surprise announcement that it won’t return for a full series on the Beeb, writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran have hinted that it may find a new home. ‘Sadly the BBC have passed on Goodnight Sweetheart, whilst acknowledging its excellence. Gary will have to find another TV channel,’ said the pair on Twitter.
Rumours abound that it could transfer to ITV because the writers’ other hit BBC1 comedy, Birds of a Feather, starring Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph, has already done just that with great success.
Meanwhile, the revival of Porridge, starring Kevin Bishop as the jailbird grandson of old lag Norman Stanley Fletcher (Ronnie Barker), is the only one of the rebooted comedies to be granted a full BBC series.
‘I hoped we might do some more because I really did enjoy it, it’s my favourite sitcom of all time,’ Kevin tells TV Times News. ‘To be welcomed back by Porridge fans to make a full series is one of the proudest moments in my career.’
nicholas and elizabeth carling in Goodnight Sweetheart