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They wouldn’t let it lie: Big Night Out back for BBC special

They wouldn’t let it lie: Big Night Out back for BBC special
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Jon Creamer
18 May 2017

Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer have been commissioned to bring back their Vic Reeves’ Big Night Out show for a BBC2 special.

Vic & Bob’s Big Night Out will be a "reimagining" of the original show, which was first broadcast in 1990.

The one-off show will feature both new characters and old favourites. There will be sketches shot on location as well as songs, skits and stunts performed in front of a studio audience. The BBC is promising some “surprise cameo appearances” and says a “very well-known television show will get the Vic & Bob makeover treatment.”

Reeves and Mortimer said: “This is the show we wanted to perform back in the 1980s. Now the time is right. We will be increasing our respective heights in order to perform some of the more intricate and challenging moments.”

Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning, said: “In this special, Vic and Bob go back to their live stage show roots to mark three decades as the most pioneering, surreal and unique pairing in British comedy. With a mix of old and new characters, recorded in an intimate setting they give a modern spin on that rich tradition of English eccentricity that stretches back to the music hall, through Spike Milligan and The Pythons, in creating characters that delight or baffle depending on who you are.”

The show is a BBC Studios production. The producer is Lisa Clark, the executive producer is Chris Sussman, the studio director is Mat Whitecross (Oasis: Supersonic, Spike Island).

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