Could ‘The Fast Show’ return for a 25th anniversary special?


The Fast Show could be returning for a 25th anniversary reunion special next year.

Premiering on the BBC in 1994, the comedy-sketch show starred the likes of Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Simon Day, Mark Williams, John Thomson and Caroline Aherne.

Speaking on BBC Radio Manchester, Thomson said: “We’re hoping to do a special, which is very exciting. You heard it first here. We’re in talks, as they say.”

The cast last worked together in 2011 for a series of videos for Foster’s lager. Those videos were then compiled into a 20th anniversary special called The Fast Show Special on BBC Two. You can see those videos below.

Actor Johnny Depp was a huge fan of the show and appeared in the farewell episode, The Last Fast Show Ever, as a customer in the ‘Suits You’ shop.

If a special were to go ahead, sadly it wouldn’t feature Aherne, who passed away in July 2016 after battling lung cancer.

Speaking a the time of her death, The Royle Family actor Ricky Tomlinson said Aherne should have had a state funeral.

Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Tomlinson said it was unfair that Margaret Thatcher was given a state funeral following her death in 2013.

Tomlinson, who played Jim Royle in The Royle Family from 1998 until 2012, said at the end of his interview: “Why didn’t Caroline have a state funeral? Everyone loved her. We had a state funeral for Margaret Thatcher and everyone hated her.”

As host Susanna Reid grimaced, co-host Piers Morgan laughed and said: “You have a point. It wouldn’t be a Ricky Tomlinson interview without a comment like that.” As Tomlinson burst out laughing, Morgan said: “Go and have a cup of tea, you naughty boy.”