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Entertainment News: News

Tue 9 Aug, 2011
By Sam Bristowe


Yes, it's slightly less than conventional in terms of the family set-up but it's the 21st century and things move on

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Robert Lindsay will be leaving his legacy as the bitter family man in the hit BBC comedy ‘My Family’ as he heads to star in another BBC sitcom focusing on him in a gay relationship.

BBC have reportedly commissioned a new show titled ‘George and Bernard Shaw’ set to feature Lindsay alongside Richard Griffiths, where they will play a gay couple in what is dubbed to be a “quirky and warm comedy about a gay couple”.

‘George and Bernard Shaw’ is set to take the same time slot of the 11-year-old hit sitcom My Family, which also starred in Lindsay in the lead role, following the show being axed earlier this year.

According to the Daily Mirror, a source said: "Yes, it's slightly less than conventional in terms of the family set-up but it's the 21st century and things move on.



"The BBC have commissioned a pilot and will make the call once it's all wrapped up. But all signs point towards this being a perfect prime-time vehicle. The two big names involved mean this could be very special."

My Family, which followed the trials and tribulations of the regular middle class Harper family, proved to be a popular family show with huge ratings since its launch in September 2000, pulling roughly 4.6 million viewers per episode.

Lindsay blasted the BBC following the news of the axing for him and his fellow colleagues which included actress Zoë Wanamaker, saying: “It’s got so many fans and the BBC have treated it appallingly. They ruined it by putting it out after 9pm. It’s a genuinely good family show – as my dad used to say, you can watch it safely with your grandchildren.”

Cheryl Taylor, controller of comedy commissioning, defended the decision made by the channel and the importance of moving on with the times and relevance of modern family life, saying said: “Now that almost a generation of British children have grown up with the Harper brood, played by Kris Marshall, Daniela Denby-Ashe and Gabriel Thompson, we’re looking to the future with new families and new comedies that we hope will prove equally popular.

“We look forward to Zoe and Robert continuing to being part of our comedy family in the years to come."

Robert Lindsay will be leaving his legacy as the bitter family man in the hit BBC comedy ‘My Family’ as he heads to star in another BBC sitcom focusing on him in a gay relationship.

BBC have reportedly commissioned a new show titled ‘George and Bernard Shaw’ set to feature Lindsay alongside Richard Griffiths, where they will play a gay couple in what is dubbed to be a “quirky and warm comedy about a gay couple”.

‘George and Bernard Shaw’ is set to take the same time slot of the 11-year-old hit sitcom My Family, which also starred in Lindsay in the lead role, following the show being axed earlier this year.
According to the Daily Mirror, a source said: "Yes, it's slightly less than conventional in terms of the family set-up but it's the 21st century and things move on.
"The BBC have commissioned a pilot and will make the call once it's all wrapped up. But all signs point towards this being a perfect prime-time vehicle. The two big names involved mean this could be very special."

My Family, which followed the trials and tribulations of the regular middle class Harper family, proved to be a popular family show with huge ratings since its launch in September 2000, pulling roughly 4.6 million viewers per episode.

Lindsay blasted the BBC following the news of the axing for him and his fellow colleagues which included actress Zoë Wanamaker, saying: “It’s got so many fans and the BBC have treated it appallingly. They ruined it by putting it out after 9pm. It’s a genuinely good family show – as my dad used to say, you can watch it safely with your grandchildren.”

Cheryl Taylor, controller of comedy commissioning, defended the decision made by the channel and the importance of moving on with the times and relevance of modern family life, saying said: “Now that almost a generation of British children have grown up with the Harper brood, played by Kris Marshall, Daniela Denby-Ashe and Gabriel Thompson, we’re looking to the future with new families and new comedies that we hope will prove equally popular.

“We look forward to Zoe and Robert continuing to being part of our comedy family in the years to come."

 

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