UK diginet Gold is continuing to turn back time with an updated version of a cult comedy that first aired in 1982.
The Comic Strip Presents: Five Go To Rehab (1x60′) has been commissioned to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the series. It will be produced by Great Western Features, with original writer Peter Richardson also on board.
UKTV-owned Gold has also ordered a companion documentary, 30 Years Of The Comic Strip (1x20′).
The Comic Strip, comprising a group of comedians including Ade Edmondson, Rik Mayall and Dawn French, debuted on the opening night of Channel 4 in 1982 with Five Go Mad in Dorset, a parody of Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five.
The strand then aired on C4 and BBC2 intermittently over the next 30 years, most recently in a one-off on C4 in October called The Hunt for Tony Blair.
This new story will reunite the same Blyton characters from the first film who have failed to live up to their ambitions and must confront the modern world.
Five Go To Rehab has been commissioned by Sarah Fraser, UKTV’s commissioning editor, and Steve North, Gold’s general manager.
The channel has previously revived UK comedy series Yes, Prime Minister, as well as commissioning a factual series about legendary comedy duo Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise.