A BBC spokesman, today revealed that John Prescott, the soon to be ex Deputy Prime Minister, is to head up the cast in a remake of the popular 70's children's program "The Flumps"
The popular kiddie program that was screened in the late 70's was centred on a family of four, round weird ugly hairy thingies that waddled about our screens after the midday news.
The spokesman went on to state "In line with BBC policy, we have decided to remake the once popular children's puppet series, bringing back good wholesome viewings to our screens rather than the drudge we have been getting away with for years." He continued, "We looked at the original characters and decided to give them a more up to date fresh approach. We approached a highly respected London University, which cannot be named for legal reasons, and requested them to carry out psychometric tests on potential people who had the same look as well as the mental capacity of the original cast. We wanted the characters to be as close to the originals as possible."
He went on to say, "After a few hours of research, Professor Smyth at Kings college told us they had found the perfect match for "Perkin" in Deputy Prime minister John Prescott who was identical to the character in looks and intelligence. We could not believe our luck."
The BBC spokesman went on to add, "We approached Mr Prescott and much to our delight, he accepted our offer on the spot to play the furry little character in the new series."
When approached, Mr Prescott, who was trying to prise himself out of a brand new Jaguar motorcar stated "Of course I am both delighted and honoured that the BBC should offer me such a fantastic opportunity and I can confirm that I have accepted their offer."
He went on to explain, "Of course, if I get a £3.50 "Golden Bugger Off" instead of my £33,500 "Golden Goodbye", I'll need something to augment my pension. I have already had a few dress rehearsals with the rest of the cast and I can honestly say, they are very nice and intelligent people and I have made new friends that I can have deep meaningful conversations with."
The BBC spokesman later confirmed the other cast members are all being played by the original puppets.
The series is due to be screened in July 2008.