Jason Manford wants Scarborough to return after BBC axed sitcom

Jason Manford wants Scarborough to return credit:Bang Showbiz
Jason Manford wants Scarborough to return credit:Bang Showbiz

Jason Manford wants ‘Scarborough’ to make a comeback.

The 40-year-old comedian – who played Mike in the only series of the BBC sitcom, which was written by Darren Litten and revolved around the lives of friends living in the North Yorkshire seaside town – thinks bosses made a huge mistake axing the series, which wasn’t recommissioned for a second run.

He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “I still think it was the wrong decision. Someone makes those decisions in an office somewhere. Nothing’s ever dead [though].”

His comments come after the former ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’ star embarked on his latest stand-up tour ‘Like Me’ after having to reschedule due to the pandemic restrictions, and Jason was excited to get back to performing as he missed it.

He added: “It’s a joy. It’s lovely to be with people. We are social creatures and need interaction. So it’s lovely to get out and be with people again.”

The tour – which has been “going great” – will see the ‘Ordinary Lies’ actor visit places like Blackpool, Dublin and Cardiff and will conclude later this year in November.

And he urged other comics not to get too “carried away” with their material – which might not be as funny as they think.

He said: “You’ve got to temper yourself a little bit. You might get carried away thinking you’re hilarious.”

Jason – who appeared in ‘Scarborough’ alongside Catherine Tyldesley as reconciled couple Mike and Karen – previously said the series played a huge role by serving a “core demographic audience that’s often forgotten”.

Speaking in 2020 after its axe, he said: “It was great fun to do and a lot of people enjoyed it.

“It’s disappointing because I think it served a core demographic audience that’s often forgotten, which is middle-aged, working-class people who don’t always get TV made for them.”

And the comedian suggested the comedy had a similar feeling to one particular legendary British sitcom.

He added at the time: “I thought it had a ‘Last Of The Summer Wine’ feel to it.”

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