Although he had sworn to never work for the BBC, John Cleese now returns to the old nest. The actor, who shone in the BBC gems Monty Python and Fawlty Towers, will play in the new sitcom Hold The Sunset. This reports Daily Star.

 

That reports the British newspaper  Daily Star 

Cleese said in an interview in 2015 “never, ever want to work for the BBC again”. He called the English television channel a clich├ęd company. The Brit did not want to work for TV any more. He also believed that the people who worked at the BBC ‘have absolutely no idea what they are doing’.

He comes back from that decision three years later. After reading Hold the Sunset ‘s script, he said, “This is the best I have read in the last hundred years, I love it!”

The series is about widow Edith (Alison Stedman), who after years refuses to accept the marriage proposal of her friend Phil (Cleese). Their plan to marry and to go to a sunny foreign country falls apart when Roger, the 50-year-old son of Edith, appears on her doorstep and announces that he has left his family, quit his job and wants to return home to find his happiness in life. 

The decision of Cleese to start working for the BBC again is not good for everyone. Fans call him a hypocrite, because according to them he “just needs money” and therefore shifting his principles aside.

Fawlty Towers

In any case, the BBC is happy to have Cleese back on board: “It’s great to have John back at the BBC ‘s sitcom department, his last show was pretty nice.”

This refers with a big wink to the successful series Fawlty Towers, which was viewed by millions of people worldwide. The show ran from 1975 to 1979, but was repeated several times.

Hold the Sunset consists of six episodes. The series will premiere on the BBC One on February 18th.