John Thomson has revealed that the BBC has cancelled plans to produce two new episodes of The Fast Show this year, to mark the show’s 25th anniversary. Here’s what he said about the matter…
“Paul [Whitehouse] and Charlie [Higson] were approached by the Beeb with a view to doing two new specials for Christmas,” Thompson told The I newspaper.
“They went to the Beeb with a budget for everything that wasn’t extortionate for two half hours – and the powers that be said ‘no’.
“I was very shocked about that because the demand for a 25th anniversary would be huge. I told Paul and Charlie to go back in and say, ‘Why does Gary Lineker get £1.75 million for a Saturday job?'”
The Fast Show debuted on our screens in 1994, running for three series and 24 episodes on BBC Two. It was later resurrected by Fosters for some online sketches, before BBC Two brought it back properly for two new episodes in 2014.
It would’ve been great to see Thompson, Whitehouse and Higson back on screens with their co-stars Caroline Aherne, Simon Day and Mark Williams, but sadly that looks like it’s not going to happen now.
We’ll keep you posted if we hear any further news.