Oh, Dear God
From the Beeb :
Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst will return to the BBC in a sitcom scripted by My Family creator Fred Barron.
In After You've Gone, Lyndhurst, 45, plays a divorced father who has to look after his children when his wife leaves the country to work in the third world.
His attempts to be a father are hindered by his mother-in-law, played by Acorn Antiques star Celia Imrie.
Now, I like Nicholas Lyndhurst. From Butterflies, though OFAH, through to the early series of Goodnight Sweetheart (hey, I liked it at the time, and as high-concept sitcom goes, you can't beat it). I also like Celia Imrie, who has a fantastic track record when working with people like Victoria Wood. But, come on. Does that not sound like the most ridiculously cliched and formulaic sitcom idea you've ever heard? Divorced father (presumably not used to looking after children), interfering mother-in-law, "hilarious consequences!" and so on. Even ignoring my natural bias against anything that includes the words "scripted by My Family creator Fred Barron"... is this really what we've come to?
Slightly better news further down, though :
A sketch show by British-Iranian comedian Omid Djalili has also been commissioned after the testing process.
Djalili is one of the great underrated, underexposed comedians of our time (all the way back to his appearance as "the bloke who does the drumming bit at the end of Eastenders" on The Friday Night Armistice), so it'd be nice to see him have a crack at the big time.