Vic 'to quit BBC'

Despair over rejected ideas

Vic Reeves may turn his back on the BBC, because it keeps turning his ideas down.

He and partner Bob Mortimer have devised several ideas for the corporation, including a high-profile weekend show, but have been snubbed by TV executives.

The comic told The Mirror: “We've offered ideas but nobody has said anything. We'd love to do a Friday night show.

“Maybe the BBC doesn't want us any more. If not, we'll go to ITV or the Discovery Channel, whoever.”

The duo joined the BBC in 1992, where they had a hit with Shooting Stars. But other projects, such as the Saturday night gameshow Families At War, were less well-received.

Vic and Bob, both 45, have other projects in the pipeline away from the BBC, including contributing to a new ITV1 sketch show, Monkey Trousers. Vic has also worked on a series about historical rogues for the Discovery Channel.

And Mortimer is to front his first show without his comic partner in the new year, when he presents the panel game 29 Minutes Of Fame – but it will be for the BBC.

Published: 31 Dec 2004

Today's comedy-on demand picks


Plebs and Pls Like star Jon Pointing has been shooting this online sitcom while volunteering for a local food bank. He plays Bradley from Bromley, a twentysomething lifted from his inertia by a newfound purpose in life.

The series has been produced by Baby Cow Productions, whose creative director Steve Coogan called it 'warm, funny and beautifully observed.'

Click for more suggestions

... including Lovebirds,a new Netflix comedymovie starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, and Jen Brister headlining a charity comedy gig.

We see you are using AdBlocker software. Chortle relies on advertisers to fund this website so it’s free for you, so we would ask that you disable it for this site. Our ads are non-intrusive and relevant. Help keep Chortle viable.