Robert Lindsay to play lead role in new BBC comedy set to replace My Family

My Family

Despite the axe of My Family, Robert Lindsay will be back on TV screens sooner than you think with a new sitcom. The new BBC One show will focus on the family life of two middle-aged gay men, with former My Family actor Lindsay in the lead role once again.

Filming is due to start in the autumn, with a TV insider telling The Mirror: “Yes, it’s slightly less than conventional in terms of the family set-up but it’s the 21st Century and things move on.

“The BBC have commissioned a pilot and will make the call once it’s all wrapped up. But all signs point towards this being a perfect prime-time vehicle. The two big names involved show this could be very special.”

My Family's final episode after more than a decade on TV will air later next month, with Lindsay blasting the decision to axe the show.

He said: “It’s got so many fans and the BBC have treated it appallingly. They ruined it by putting it out after 9pm. It’s a genuinely good family show – as my dad used to say, you can watch it safely with your grandchildren.”

Cheryl Taylor, controller of comedy commissioning, said: “Now that almost a generation of British children have grown up with the Harper brood, played by Kris Marshall, Daniela Denby-Ashe and Gabriel Thompson, we’re looking to the future with new families and new comedies that we hope will prove equally popular.”

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