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

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