The Comic Strip to return to TV

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 15 June 2011
Jennifer Saunders

Jennifer Saunders

Classic comedy show 'The Comic Strip' is set to return to TV screens with a one-off special

'The Comic Strip' is set to return to TV screens.

The classic show - which helped launch the careers of the likes of Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Keith Allen, Alexei Sayle and Adrian Edmondson - has been re-commissioned by Channel 4 for a one-off special, which will see former Prime Minister Tony Blair on the run after committing a murder.

A source said: "Tony Blair vows to clear his name no matter what."

Original stars Jennifer, Nigel Planer, Robbie Coltrane, and Rik Mayall will appear alongside newcomers James Buckley, John Sessions, Ross Noble, Catherine Shepherd, Ford Kiernan and Morgana Robinson.

Channel 4 comedy boss Shane Allen told The Sun newspaper: "It's an irresistibly hilarious script from the Godfathers of modern comedy. There are so many juicy parts for the big comedy hitters of 'Comic Strip' team alongside newer talents."

'The Comic Strip' was first devised by Peter Richardson in 1982 to showcase emerging talents, before going off the air in 1993.

The show then returned for three specials in 1998, 20000 and 2005.

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