Quote: Nedders @ January 6 2012, 3:58 PM GMT
The question of "how in the name of Zeus did it get made/past screen test/out of someone's head an onto a piece of paper" remains.
My guess would be it has something to do with the fact the writers had produced one good sitcom for the Beeb, wanted another one, pitched an idea that actually doesn't look too bad on paper, hasn't been done before (in sitcom), and most of all the writers were already tried and tested and 'on the books'.
Now, I agree that all of that is fine, right up to the point of reading the script. If, after reading these scripts, they decide to commission the sitcom (which they did) then I conclude that this commission is one of those 'favour' commissions for 'having done well for us in the past but not had much shown since'. Because, we all know, I think, that had those scripts been sent in by you or me or other unheard ofs then it would have been hurled into the bin with glee.
I reckon they possibly had a meeting after read throughs and said 'Look, we've got a man who may make this Turkey fly, we hear that David Jason would love a sitcom to do again. Get your writers to make him fall over a lot and we have a guarranteed ratings winner - remember when he fell through the bar?'