The Fast Show exclusive: “We’re too old to go back to TV”

Simon Day reveals the comedians have retired from the small screen.

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Not so fast The Fast Show - now too slow for TV.

The Fast Show is unlikely to return to TV, as the stars think they’re too old to make more sketches for BBC2.

The comedians dominated sketch show comedy during the 90s, paving the way for the likes of Little Britain and Mitchell & Webb.

Creators Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson oversaw an online return in 2012, which had viewing figures of 2.5m when it was shown on BBC2 two years later.

Brian Pern in series two
The life of Brian Careful with that axe, Brian

But, with the regular series having ended in 2000, Simon Day confirmed the cast wouldn’t be making any further shows.

“We’re a bit old for TV now,” said the 53-year-old. “If we went back now, we’d be walking around on zimmer frames.”

“Tracey Ullman came back with a sketch show, but she looks a lot better than us”

Day, whose Fast Show characters include Competitive Dad and Tommy Cockles, added that a tour could still be a possibility for the ensemble, who also include John Thomson, Arabella Weir, Mark Williams and Caroline Aherne.

“We might do a live tour or a live show in the next year, but not TV,” said Day. “Tracey Ullman came back with her sketch show this year, but she looks a lot better than us.”

As Loaded revealed last month, Day is taking a year off before writing another series of his fictional rock star Brian Pern with co-creator Rhys Thomas.

Day will next be seen playing Alf Garnett, the bigot made famous by Warren Mitchell, recreating a lost 1967 episode of BBC1’s classic sitcom Til Death Us Do Part.

The “new” episode will be shown on BBC1 this summer, with former Hollyoaks actress Lizzie Roper playing Garnett’s long-suffering wife “Silly Moo” Elsie and Young Dracula actress Sydney Rae White as the Garnetts’ daughter Rita, who was originally played by Sherlock star Una Stubbs.

The complete Brian Pern is available on DVD and Blu-Ray now.

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Loaded’s deputy editor John Earls has covered entertainment and sport across a range of national newspapers, plus several football and music magazines, since 1990. Follow him on Twitter at @EarlsJohn

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