Reboot of 80s TV crime drama in the works

TV crime drama Bergerac is being rebooted for a new series, it has been announced.

The programme, which ran for nine series from 1981 until 1991, starred John Nettles as detective sergeant Jim Bergerac who later became a private investigator.

Based on the island of Jersey, the BBC show is being revived by Artists Studio, backed by Endemol Shine UK and Jersey-based Westward Studios.

They are presenting it as a commission for Paramount Network International's channels outside the US.

However, there has been no indication as to who will play the famous detective.

Nettles himself went onto play a police detective in another crime show, Midsomer Murders

The Bergerac remake will be updated for the modern day, with "contemporary stories of the week" and a "strong serial spine", said Gub Neal, Artists Studio's executive producer.

Mr Neal, known for producing Prime Suspect and The Fall, said: "We've been trying to bring back Bergerac for some time and I'm very glad that we have the next generation of such an iconic show in development."

Jill Offman, Paramount's executive vice president, added: "We have several exciting dramas in development, one of which is the classic favourite Bergerac.

"Our hope is that we will be able to commission Bergerac as a full series for Paramount Network International."

Brian Constantine, executive producer and chief executive of Westward Studios, said: "I'm excited at the prospect that Bergerac may be returning to our screens once again.

"It's a much-loved drama and a real boost for Jersey, my home, where Bergerac has become part of the island's identity."

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