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Jonwo
I wonder if Goodnight Sweetheart being made by Fremantle was a factor for not picking it for a series.
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AcerBen
Flux posted:
Not really - 4-5m has been the benchmark for a long time now and BOAF dropped to around 6m after the first couple of episodes then less than 5m for subsequent series.


You’re kinda supporting the argument there though - the number alone means nothing without context. BOAF went from nearly 10m in their publicised reunion to 6m in a few episodes and then slid under 5m. If you start with a much hyped revival special getting “only” 4m, broadcasters would factor in the subsequent suspected steep drop in their decision making.

I still think it should have been given a chance, but what can you do.


Surely cheap as chips to make though. And word was they were happy with how it did in lockdown repeats which is why they did the Christmas special.
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Flux
Flux posted:
Not really - 4-5m has been the benchmark for a long time now and BOAF dropped to around 6m after the first couple of episodes then less than 5m for subsequent series.


You’re kinda supporting the argument there though - the number alone means nothing without context. BOAF went from nearly 10m in their publicised reunion to 6m in a few episodes and then slid under 5m. If you start with a much hyped revival special getting “only” 4m, broadcasters would factor in the subsequent suspected steep drop in their decision making.

I still think it should have been given a chance, but what can you do.


Surely cheap as chips to make though. And word was they were happy with how it did in lockdown repeats which is why they did the Christmas special.


Oh, I agree about BOAF. My point was about Goodnight Sweetheart and the difference between a revival starting with 10m viewers (BOAF) versus 5m (GNS) and the diminishing returns.

Back on subject, I just remembered This Life as another revival that really flopped. It was only a one off special, but it was massively hyped and anticipated, but I think most fans now wish it hadn't happened. Some things are definitely best left in the past.

And whilst not a revival, looking back to the pilot season which gave us the revamped Goodnight Sweetheart , I always believed Young Hyacinth only really came about because Roy Clarke (and possibly the BBC) wanted to revive Keeping Up Appearances but Patricia Routledge had constantly flat out refused to revisit the character so this was his only option as a solution to bringing it back in some form.
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Brekkie
They went for a completely different style which didn't really work. Had it been a young, just married Hyacinth, it perhaps might have had a chance.
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Cando
Flux posted:
Not really - 4-5m has been the benchmark for a long time now and BOAF dropped to around 6m after the first couple of episodes then less than 5m for subsequent series.


You’re kinda supporting the argument there though - the number alone means nothing without context. BOAF went from nearly 10m in their publicised reunion to 6m in a few episodes and then slid under 5m. If you start with a much hyped revival special getting “only” 4m, broadcasters would factor in the subsequent suspected steep drop in their decision making.

I still think it should have been given a chance, but what can you do.


Not a revival but another example would be the Green Green Grass (the only fools spin off) with Boycie which had a huge start but followed a similar trajectory to BOAF.
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tellyblues
They went for a completely different style which didn't really work. Had it been a young, just married Hyacinth, it perhaps might have had a chance.


Rock & Chips (OFAH prequel) was another that suffered from being a comedy-drama as opposed to a straight out sitcom.
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Soupnzi
I assume Young Hyacinth was made as KUA continues to be massively lucrative globally for BBC Worldwide, and would have been sold around the world immediately. Sadly, it wasn’t up to much. I think that huge export audience was the reason for the Are You Being Served sequel in the 1990s.

Looking back, I think the This is Your Life one episode revival (Trevor McDonald surprising Simon Cowell with the Red Book) may have been more of an ITV strategy to indulge Cowell (and keep his shows on their channel) rather than an attempt to bring back the series properly.
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Jonwo
TBF the prequel series being a different style to the original series can work as we’ve seen with Young Sheldon.
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