ITV has announced a co-production deal with US television channel NBC to revive hit 1990s sitcom Friends as a period drama.
‘We’re delighted to be bringing one of the great love stories to a new generation of viewers,’ said a startlingly young ITV spokeswoman. ‘Sunday night has always been the slot for costume dramas – pedestrian love affairs, social ineptitude, bouffant hairstyles and old-fashioned clothing. Friends has all these ingredients in a charming period setting.’
ITV confirmed that the original cast would all be returning to the revival, which will be set in eighteenth-century Hertfordshire but otherwise use the same scripts and characters as the original. ‘The Beeb has flogged Jane Austen and Charles Dickens to death, so this is pretty much all we have left. It’s so going to be, like, oh – my – God.’