Creator Mike Bullen had teased the possibility of further episodes when the ninth series of the ITV comedy drama finished last year, but suggested the show was on a protracted hiatus, saying "we've explored to our satisfaction the issues confronting the characters at this stage of their lives.
"We want to give them all a little time to move on ... to put clear water between the stories we've told thus far and the issues they'll be exploring when they are empty-nesters staring down the barrel of grandparenthood."
However, Thompson has now revealed that a plan was in place for a special set in Europe, which he likened to the 1985 Chevy Chase movie National Lampoon's European Vacation, but that was halted when the coronavirus pandemic hit.
The actor, who stars as Pete Gifford in the long-running series alongside Fay Ripley, James Nesbitt, Robert Bathurst and Hermione Norris, told guest host Cat Deeley on ITV daytime show Lorraine: "Well, the way it was left we were due to go and do like a National Lampoon's European Vacation 90-minute special.
"Then, along came the pandemic. So that has been put on hold. So I'm hoping that, not so much a series, but I'd like to hope that original idea will be revived. And there is talk of doing a Christmas special as well maybe."
"It's a case of supply and demand," Thompson added. "If the demand's there, I don't see why we shouldn't supply. I don't think it's dead in the water. I'm not in a position to say 'yes, it's coming back' or anything. But I'm pretty sure that if the public want the show it would be foolish not to deliver the show.
"It's a joyous job. It doesn't really feel like work. It's a lot of fun and we know each other so well, we make each other laugh."
The actor, who was appearing to promote his guest role in another ITV drama staple, Midsomer Murders, also teased that after his appearance on The Masked Singer, he was in discussions for a musical theatre show that might open around Christmas time.
In January, he confirmed that while there were no plans for a further Fast Show revival, after its retrospective celebration on Gold creators Charlie Higson and Paul Whitehouse were considering reuniting the cast for another project.
"They've got other things in mind using that cast," he said. "This is how it was left: they'll use the core cast of The Fast Show but in different guises. That's what's being talked about."
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