Shooting Stars to return for new series

Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer are to return to our screens in the autumn with comedy panel show, Shooting Stars,

The show, which started 15 years ago, is coming back due to the success of a Christmas special on BBC2 to mark the 15th anniversary. It was a surprise hit in the Christmas 2008 viewing schedule, which resulted in the BBC recommissioning a new series.

Reeves and Mortimer will return for the new series with their “baby” scorer, George Dawes, played by Matt Lucas.

Original team captain Ulrika Jonsson is also back, along with comedian Jack Dee, who made his first appearance as a team captain in the Christmas Special. His deadpan style worked well with the show, particularly during his final challenge, where he had to keep a straight face whilst a tenor sang loudly into his face.

Bob Mortimer said: “We’re really looking forward to it. Jack is going to be a great headmaster and Ulrika is as game as ever so it should be a very pleasant evening’s journey.

“We have a new attitude and new rounds and this series will feature a secret weapon which will assist us in reinventing the panel show again, just as Shooting Stars originally did.”

The show started in 1993 as a Christmas special. It continued on for five series on BBC2 until 1997, with comedian and presenter Mark Lamarr as one of the team captains. He was made fun of in the show for his unusual 1950s style of dress.

The show returned again for a while when it was brought back to digital channel BBC Choice in 2002. Novelist and guest on Grumpy Old Men, Will Self replaced Lamarr as a team captain. Johnny Vegas also joined the show at this time as a regular contestant on Ulrika’s team.

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