Fox Adapts Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em

Here’s an unlikely TV revival – seems that Rupert Murdoch’s FOX network is planning an American remake of the 1970’s British BBC sitcom “Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em?” reports The Guardian.

Fox has asked the BBC to make a pilot episode of the comedy, which saw well-meaning disaster zone Frank Spencer try and fail to provide a better life for his long-suffering wife Betty.

The original ran for three seasons from 1973 and launched the career of Michael Crawford who most famously went on to play the title character in the stage version of “The Phantom of the Opera”.

Its most memorable trait however, aside from Crawford’s brilliant portrayal, was the fact that he did all his own physical stunts throughout – many of which were elaborate and sometimes dangerous (hanging off cliff edges or light aircraft, roller skating down a stairwell, etc.).

“That 70s Show” producer Philip Stark will adapt, update and executive produce a pilot script for American audiences.

Will it translate? UK sitcoms more often than not have great difficulty making the switch. For every scant success (“The Office,” “Steptoe and Son”) there’s usually several failures (“Absolutely Fabulous,” “Men Behaving Badly,” “Coupling,” “Red Dwarf”).

Indeed many thought ‘Mothers’ was up there with the likes of other great British 70’s & 80’s sitcoms like “Black Adder,” “Fawlty Towers,” “Yes Minister” that are generally considered such perfect examples of comedy as to be untouchable.