Will Mellor has given fans a fresh hint that Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps could finally be making a long-awaited return.
And apparently, they’ve already “got a script” and are raring to go whenever.
The Stockport-born actor – who is best known for his role on the BBC sitcom, but has also appeared in Hollyoaks, Line of Duty, No Offence, and Broadchurch throughout his career, and is currently playing Harvey Gaskell on Manchester-based ITV soap Coronation Street – has revealed in an exclusive interview with the Daily Star this week that the beloved 00s show is ready for a comeback.
The 46-year-old told the paper that the show – which ran for nine series from 2001 to 2011 – could be set to return for a final series called ‘Two Pints: Last Orders’, and he believes it could “put a smile on the faces of everyone struggling” amid the rising cost of living crisis.
Written and created by Susan Nickson, and set in her hometown of Runcorn in Cheshire, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps first aired on BBC Two back in 2001, and originally revolved around the lives of five twentysomethings played by Sheridan Smith, Natalie Casey, Ralf Little, and Kathryn Drysdale, alongside Mellor.
The sitcom was not just loved by us northerners, but gained a cult-following of fans right across the UK, with millions tuning in to watch each series.
“Two Pints represented the working class who are really struggling at the moment,” Will told the Daily Star this week.
“The reason why it lasted so long is because people loved it.
“We have got a script – Two Pints: Last Orders. If they wanted to make it, I would do it just to say thank you for all the support to the people who loved the show.”
Sadly though, despite huge popularity nationwide, on 23 July 2011, it was confirmed that Two Pints would end after its ninth series due to the BBC making room for new comedies, and the broadcaster’s feeling that the series had come to a natural end after the departures of most of the main cast members.
Because of this, Will further hinted to the Daily Star that another broadcaster may step in to take on the show if the BBC isn’t interested.
“Maybe, I don’t know,” he said.
“I just keep my head above water. I’m a self-employed actor, so we’ve got to keep moving with the times and keep doing what you have to do.
“It’s a show that I loved and it was a massive part of my life and a big part of other people’s lives. Nostalgia is a big thing as well so why not bring it back? Even if it’s for a little one-off like they did with Gavin & Stacey.”
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ITV confirms release date for new single parents dating show dubbed ‘middle-aged Love Island’
ITV has confirmed that its brand-new dating series for single parents is officially a thing, and it’s hitting our screens later this year.
It had long been rumoured that ITV had a somewhat Love Island-inspired spin-off series geared more towards those looking for love in the middle of their lives in the works, with reports hotly-tipping it to hit screens soon first surfacing back in July of last year – but nothing was actually set in stone at that point.
Then it was revealed back in January that, after months of speculation, all the rumours were true, as the broadcaster was actively casting for contestants and calling on single parents across the UK to get their applications in.
Already having been dubbed “middle-aged Love Island”, but previously called the working title of The Romance Retreat, ITV explained when it first put out the casting call that the new series would see a group of “vibrant single parents” from across the UK all meet under one roof, and that it was set to be the only dating show where they can search for love in a safe space.
Now, coming up to six months after that initial casting call, ITV has confirmed that the long-awaited series is finally set to hit TV screens later this autumn.
Given the new official title of My Mum, Your Dad, and hosted by legendary TV presenter Davina McCall, ITV took to social media yesterday to reveal that the “secret is finally out”.
Teasing a little more information about the new show, ITV explained: “My Mum, Your Dad is a brand-new series following a group of single parents looking for a second chance at love. They’ve been nominated by their grown-up kids, but what they don’t know is that their kids are watching their every move, playing matchmaker and holding cushions over their faces as they watch the shenanigans.”
An exact release date for the show is expected to be announced by ITV in due course, so you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled.
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First Dates’ Merlin Griffiths has been given the ‘all clear’ from bowel cancer
Merlin Griffiths has been given the ‘all clear’ from bowel cancer following his first-year scan. Things you absolutely LOVE to hear.
The beloved First Datesbartender was diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer back in 2021 and had undergone multiple surgeries since then, including a first robotic operation to remove a 4.5cm-wide tumour in April last year.
Now, after going along for multiple CT scans following his first full year of treatment, Merlin received the final results from his doctor who confirmed that he has been given the all-clear, sharing the email on his Instagram account.