Bergerac Reboot Pitched as a Dark Crime Serial

By Gary Cutlack on at

Bergerac, which anyone old enough to remember the TV of the 1980s remembers fondly because it was one of the few things that wasn't news or That's Life!, is perhaps coming back. A team of production companies is pitching it right now, hopefully with at least a cameo role for the original Bergerac player John Nettles.

It's hard to say what Bergerac was about, as it started off being about a policeman in Jersey then turned into general crime-solving to do with boats, Westcountry accents, council issues and even the occasional exciting high-budget episode with drug shipments, a car chase and kissing. It was on TV in the evening in 1983, and that was all that mattered.

Gub Neal, from pitching production company Artists Studio, said: "We’ve been trying to bring back Bergerac for some time and I’m very glad that we have the next generation of such an iconic show in development. Updated for the present day, it will deal with contemporary stories-of-the-week that run alongside a strong serial spine."

No channels have actually said yes to screening/paying for it yet, mind, so it could still not happen; although Paramount Network International is seemingly keen on making it happen, so New Bergerac could well appear on Spike or even hit the terrestrial highs of commercial cousin Channel 5 in the future. [Sky News]