'Are You Being Served?' Remake Did Not Impress Many Fans Of The Original BBC Sitcom

The classic comedy was revived with an all-new cast.

The ‘Are You Being Served?’ remake failed to find many fans when it aired on Sunday (28 August), after viewers panned the updated sitcom.

The BBC revived the classic comedy with an all-new cast, as part of its Sitcom Season to celebrate the genre’s 60th anniversary with the broadcaster.

The cast of the 'Are You Being Served?' remake
The cast of the 'Are You Being Served?' remake

However, fans of the original series, which aired from 1972 to 1985 and starred the likes of Wendy Richard, John Inman and Mollie Sugden, were less than impressed.

Many accused the BBC of ruining a classic, questioning the decision to bring it back, while others called it “terrible” and “unfunny”.

However, there were some viewers who managed to raise a few laughs:

The mauling of the ‘Are You Being Served?’ remake came despite the show boasting an all-star cast, including Loose Women’s Sherrie Hewson as Mrs Slocombe, ‘Gavin And Stacey’ star Mathew Horne as Mr Grace, former ‘Hollyoaks’ actress Jorgie Porter as Miss Croft and BAFTA winning actor Jason Watkins as Mr Humphries.

Sherrie Hewson starred as Mrs Slocombe
Sherrie Hewson starred as Mrs Slocombe

It did manage to draw in five million viewers though, despite going up against’s ITV’s new big period drama ‘Victoria’, starring Jenna Coleman, which attracted 5.4m.

The BBC’s Sitcom Season continues with a prequel to ‘Keeping Up Appearances’, starring Kerry Howard as a young Hyacinth Bucket, which airs on Friday on BBC One. .

It was reported last week that the corporation decided to ditch a remake of ‘Up Pompeii’, after Miranda Hart pulled out of the project.

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