My Family star Zoe Wanamaker says BBC reboot won’t happen

ZOE WANAMAKER has delivered a blow to My Family fans hoping for a reboot – by saying the format would not work now.

She played the BBC1 sitcom’s matriarch Susan Harper for 11 years.


The series was filmed with a live audience and ran from 2000 to 2011.

Asked if it could return, Zoe said in an exclusive interview: “No. The whole having an audience for a show is not gonna happen again, I don’t think, as far as a sitcom is concerned.”

Zoe has reprised her role as Queen Antedia in Sky Atlantic fantasy drama Britannia and said she loved stepping back into the role because it keeps her on her toes.

About the new series, available on Sky Atlantic and NOW from today, Zoe said: “For me, it is a case of, does it scare me?

"If it scared me it must be quite good – it must be fun to do, something different. It’s great.

“I’m very lucky I’ve been doing stuff recently I never have thought I’d have done.”

Flintoff’s top advice

FREDDIE FLINTOFF dished out key advice to his fellow celebs ahead of On Yer Bike For Soccer Aid, warning them to wear padded shorts.

The former England cricketer hosted the one-off ITV special with Bradley Wiggins, which saw two teams of eight going head-to-head in a cycling race across Yorkshire. The show airs on Sunday at 6.30pm and includes ex-Love Islander Maura Higgins.

MAYA BANKS HER HOLIDAY

YOU can’t blame Maya Jama for putting her feet up after smashing the fun Euro 2020 coverage with Peter Crouch on BBC1 this summer.

The former Radio 1 DJ shared a picture of herself wearing glasses, relaxing in a playsuit and white bikini as she enjoyed downtime in the US with her boyfriend, NBA basketball star Ben Simmons.

She also posted a shot of her chilling out on a private plane.

But it will soon be back to the grind for Maya, as her TV work schedule is jam-packed.

Along with her usual jobs, The Glow Up host is likely to be the new face of British boxing after she made her debut presenting Matchroom fights on DAZN this month.

Following her success on Crouchy’s Year-Late Euros, Maya is also being tapped up to be a part of the Beeb’s World Cup coverage next year. She is one of the nicest ladies in the business, so I’m chuffed to see her flying so high.

JOE CAN GRIN AND BARE IT

IF you ever fancied doing a life-drawing class but didn’t have the, er, balls to try it, the BBC has got you covered.

Next month it will launch Life Drawing Live!, the UK’s largest life-drawing masterclass, in which any shy enthusiasts can join in from the comfort of their homes.

Comic Joe Lycett will host the two-hour special in which experts share their knowledge and techniques on BBC2, while on BBC4 the models will pose so home artists can join the class.

Joe said: “I’m really excited to help get the nation creative through learning about life- drawing. Any nudity is just an added bonus.”

LORRAINE IS BACK IN THE MIX

LITTLE MIX will be teasing their new music on ITV’s Lorraine as part of a star-studded schedule following the host’s summer break.

Lorraine Kelly will also welcome actress and chef Lisa Faulkner to her morning show for cookery classes, called Lisa And Friends.

Plus, ex-Love Islander doctor Alex George will be back and continuing his HEADucation campaign for better mental health resources for kids at school.

Lorraine will also be doing the Change + Check breast cancer campaign again, as well as launching her Woman Of The Year Awards campaign.

Ahead of her comeback on September 1, Lorraine said: “The team has worked tirelessly over the summer to produce an autumn full of the very best content.”

With all this going on, she will need another break soon.

Hundred’s peak at 1.8million viewers

THE final of the men’s Hundred cricket reached a peak TV viewing figure of 1.8million.

Stars including Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, above, packed out Lord’s for the last men’s and women’s matches on Saturday.

The competition was a roaring success when it aired across the BBC and Sky Sports this month. The women’s games made history for crowd numbers and TV viewing.

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