Sherrie will serve in remake of sitcom

The original Are You Being Served?
The original Are You Being Served?

Sherrie Hewson is to star in the remake of Are You Being Served? which is to return after more than 30 years.

The one-off special is set in 1988 and picks up where the comedy last left off, following the misadventures of the retail staff in fictional London department store Grace Brothers.

Sherrie Hewson

Sherrie Hewson

Wigan resident Sherrie will take on the character of Mrs Slocombe.

The show will also star Mathew Horne as Mr Grace, John Challis as Captain Peacock, Jason Watkins as Mr Humphries, Hollyoaks actress Jorgie Porter as Miss Croft and Kayode Ewumi as Mr Conway.

It is due to be filmed next month in front of a studio audience in Media City, Salford. It will then air on BBC One later in the year.

Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft’s original comedy first aired in 1972 on BBC One, and ran for more than 10 years.

The new special will be written by Derren Litten, who is known for his work on Benidorm and The Catherine Tate Show.

He said: “Writing a new episode of Are You Being Served? has been the most fun I have ever had as a professional writer. We have an amazing cast, a brilliant producer and a great director.

“It was just too exciting an opportunity to pass up,”

Are You Being Served? will be directed by Dewi Humphreys and produced by James Farrell.

Shane Allen, who commissioned the show, said: “The Are you Being Served? special is a riot of a script from Derren and has attracted a real comedy pedigree cast to pay homage to this glorious and much-loved show.”

It was commissioned as part of the BBC’s “landmark comedy season”, designed to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the television sitcom.