Christopher Biggins: Porridge remake a 'risk'

Christopher Biggins has admitted he's not keen on the BBC's plans to reboot 'Porridge' as he thinks it could ruin the classic sitcom's legacy

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Christopher Biggins

Christopher Biggins

Christopher Biggins has slammed plans for a 'Porridge' remake.

The 66-year-old actor has spoken out against the BBC's decision to bring back the classic prison sitcom, in which he played inmate Lukewarm, almost 40 years after it came to an end.

He said: "I wish they would leave these things alone.

"I wish they would go and find new ideas."

'Porridge' was a massive hit in the 70s and became a British classic because of Ronnie Barker's hilarious portrayal of inmate Norman 'Fletch' Fletcher.

And although original writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais have agreed to write a new pilot in which Fletch's grandson will be jailed for computer hacking, Biggins isn't keen on the idea.

He told the Daily Star newspaper: "It's a great shame. It could be a risk... who knows?"

However, despite being worried a remake could ruin the legacy left behind by the comedy - which also starred Richard Beckinsale and Sam Kelly - Christopher has fond memories of his time on the show.

He added: "I've done very well from it, absolutely. I loved working on it. 'Porridge' was just a brilliant show."

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