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Bergerac could be set for TV return

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A REMAKE of the hit 1980s TV show Bergerac is in development, it has been announced.

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The show ran for nine series and starred John Nettles as title character Jim Bergerac.

Now, the Paramount Network (UK) is looking to bring Bergerac back to TV screens with the new show in the development stage.

A local company is working on the project with the intention of filming in the Island.

It is part of a string of original programming that the network intends to launch to promote its free-to-air TV channel which launched last summer.

Jill Offman, executive vice president at Paramount Network, said '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.'

The original series was produced by the BBC and featured Jim Bergerac as a detective sergeant working within the States police’s Bureau des Étrangers – a fictional department dealing with non-Jersey residents.

In 2013, it was revealed that the independent Artists Studio had secured the rights to Bergerac and was in the process of developing a new series featuring the investigator. However, the series never made it to air.

Artists Studio is believed to be working with a local company to develop the new series.

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The prime-time drama originally ran from 1981 until 1991 and there have since been calls to bring it back.

Scriptwriters have visited the Island to scope out potential locations.

Brian Constantine, chief executive of Westward Studios and executive producer, 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.'

Gub Neal, executive producer, Artists Studios, added: '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. Updated for the present day, it will deal with contemporary stories-of-the-week that run alongside a strong serial spine.'

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