The BBC are expected to confirm within the next forty eight hours that a new series of the Galton and Simpson penned classic sitcom Steptoe and Son is to commence filming before the end of the month.
"Pre-production is complete," a Beeb spokesman told us. "The sets are ready, the story boards are done and casting has been finalised. The casting is a top secret hush-hush thing because Auntie wants to keep it as a big surprise."
So we called Ray Winstone, who told us: "Yeah, I'll be playing Harold. It'll be a huge challenge but I hope to bring something to the role that Harry H Corbett couldn't quite convey. I'm gonna make Harold a right hard bastard who does loads of drugs, drinks like a fish, knocks women abaht and does a bit of debt collecting on the side."
And we called Rowan Atkinson, who will play the old man. He told us: "The biggest problem with this role is to make me look suitably grotty, but it's not insurmountable. I did a pretty good job of playing Fagin in 'Oliver!' at the Palladium, and the make-up girls at the Beeb are confident we can pull it off."
The BBC denied that it was running out of original ideas for sitcoms and said that Steptoe, being almost entirely studio based was more economically viable than a location based shoot.
We asked Samson, the horse who will play the part of Hercules the horse for his take on it but he just ignored us and crapped on the floor.
More as we get it.