I think it worked so much better than a straight laced version would have done.
Yes, and it would never have been commissioned as a straight reboot anyway, the whole point of it was to find a vehicle for Keith Lemon on ITV because none of the new formats they'd tried with him on the main channel like Lemonaid had worked out. It's the same as Stars In Their Eyes, that would never have been recommissioned as a straight singing show, it would have looked massively out of date alongside things like The Voice, it was commissioned as a Harry Hill vehicle.
It does sometimes go wrong, one obvious example was Dick and Dom's Ask The Family, which was never going to be like the original because it was Dick and Dom. But the Beeb messed it up by promoting it with a documentary about the whole series and even repeating some old episodes, so a load of nostalgic pensioners tuned in and expected it to be something it clearly wasn't going to be. I also remember a similar hoo-haa when BBC2 did Christmas Night With The Stars in 1994, and promoted it by referring back to the shows from the 60s and 70s so people who remembered that tuned in, only to find it starred Reeves and Mortimer, Alexei Sayle and Rab C Nesbitt and was full of swearing.
But as you say, they'd never bring Through The Keyhole back done straight. It was just there as an excuse for Keith Lemon to rummage around people's knicker drawers.
Not unless it was "rebooted for ITV2".
With Keith Lemon as presenter.
We might actually find out what Gemma Collins actually does.
This forum is very good at being appalled at programmes that don't actually exist.