BBC bringing back Bergerac

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 April 2013
John Nettles

John Nettles

The BBC are planning to bring back 'Bergerac', a popular 80s detective drama which starred John Nettles

The BBC are planning to bring back 'Bergerac'.

Programme bosses are planning a "reboot" of the popular 80s crime drama - which ran for a decade until 1991 - which will target a younger audience than its original fan base.

No script has been produced yet, but the show's creator, Robert Banks Stewart, has given the venture his blessing.

He told industry publication Broadcast: "The team involved has full artistic freedom to recreate 'Bergerac' the way they see it in the 21st century.

"Obviously the unique atmosphere of Jersey and the island's involvement will count for a lot.

"There will be, I'm sure, surprises in the package."

The original show - which ran for 87 episodes - was set in Jersey and starred John Nettles as the titular casually-dressed detective who drove a vintage sports car.

A BBC spokesperson said: "It is in a very early stage of development."

Artists Studio, who own the rights to 'Bergerac' have warned it could take until 2015 for production to start on a new series.

Their spokesperson said: "Artists Studio has been in early development with the BBC to reboot 'Bergerac' for the 21st Century.

"It has to be in Jersey, there is nowhere else that 'Bergerac' could play. If it gets through development and is green lit it would have to be a very different series."

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