George Entwhistle the newly appointed Director General of the BBC has released plans today to reboot classic sit-com 'Last of the Summer Wine.' He said at a press conference today: "The public love the new 'Dr Who' well old Who fans don't but who gives a chuff about them, but being from Yorkshire I'm right itching to reboot 'Last of the Summer Wine."
A new cast has already been assembled but some fans are upset that there is no place for Peter Sallis who played Norman Clegg in all 298 episodes of the original series. Other fans are surprised that the reboot will not feature the classic character of Foggy Dewhurst it will be his predecessor Cyril Blamire who be the 'Third Man'.
Taking over the role of William 'Compo' Simmonite will Sid Owen best known for playing Ricky in 'Eastenders' and currently taking part in 'Strictly Come Dancing' at the press launch he said "I'm having a bit of trouble with the accent, but after Bianca I can handle Nora Batty" Also announced were Daniel Ryan as Clegg and Eamonn Walker as Blamire.
The part of Nora Batty will be played by Ruth Jones who will be keeping her Welsh accent in a new twist on the character made famous by Kathy Staff. Nora's hen pecked husband will be played by David Tennent.
The most controversial move is the casting of former page three legend Samantha Fox as Ivy in the cafe, her on screen husband Sid will be played by Mark Benton.
The first comment from the official 'LotSW' fan club is positive. Club President Earnshaw said in a statement. "It don't look too bad, I like the twist of making Blamire black and I thought Eamonn Walker were rite good in 'Oz!', not to sure about Sam Fox as Ivy though I think the original Ivy, Jane Freeman, had bigger knockers. I just hope the rumors that Miranda Hart and Phil Daniels are to play Howard and Marina are false."