Following its unlamented ending, sitcom favourite My Family will see its canned laughter machine sold off.
The machine, seen as one of the hardest working canned laughter machines working today, has recently been employed on Miranda and In with the Flynn's, but will be sold of to enjoy a well deserved break in Eastbourne, where it will provide the laughter for any number of end of the pier shows and matinees for the famous blue rinse brigade.
A BBC spokesman explained:
'It is a sad day for us. Ernie, as we called him around these parts started his career working on such classics as Last of the Summer Wine, Porridge, and Open All Hours. It is sad to think that he started his career with such classics and finishes it with two sitcoms, one with a very tall woman repeatedly falling over, and the other with Warren Clarke gurning a lot'.
ITV had shown an interest to purchase the machine for their latest reality TV show Celebrity Euthanasia LIVE, but backed out after they decided canned laughter may have been a little disrespectful.