The '80s sitcom marginally beats science series Tomorrow’s World for the top spot
The results reveal that pseudohistorical sitcom Blackadder is one that the most Brits would like to see revived, with 27% of the public wanting a return. This is marginally ahead of Tomorrow’s World on 26%.
Other popular candidates for renewal include Only Fools and Horses (23%), Fawlty Towers (22%), Downton Abbey (19%) and Friends (16%).
After an initial run in the 1980s, Blackadder last graced the UK’s screens in December 1999 with its millennium special Blackadder: Back and Forth. The show is relatively popular across the generations, with 21%-36% in all age groups hoping to see a return.
By contrast, clamour for Tomorrow’s World’s return comes from older people. The programme ran in its original format for 38 years before coming to an end in 2003, and those wanting a revival are much more likely to be aged 45 or above (34-35%, compared to just 5% of 18-24 year olds).
Men are also noticeably more likely than women to want to see both shows brought back (35% vs 20% for Blackadder and 33% vs 20% for Tomorrow’s World).
By contrast, women are more keen than men to bring back Downton Abbey (26% vs 11%), Friends (19% vs 12%), the Great British Sewing Bee (14% vs 3%) and ER (13% vs 4%). (In the time since the survey was conducted the BBC have announced that the Great British Sewing Bee would be making a return to screens in 2019)
However, TV show fans should perhaps be careful what they wish for. A previous YouGov survey asked Brits whether they thought revived TV shows that they previously enjoyed were as good as the originals. It found that 45% believed they tended to be worse with 18% thinking they were as good as they had been, and only a mere 3% believed they were actually better.