The BBC has announced that it is in talks with the creators of The Muppets to produce a new TV chat show to be fronted by a puppet creation. The show, which will be presented by a new character from The Jim Henson Company, will air on Saturday nights. The BBC has confirmed that it is looking to create a ‘warm, funny, cheeky Saturday night host’ for a pilot of the show, which has been given a working title of No Strings Attached. A series could be broadcast on BBC One in 2013.
It’s safe to say that I am a massive fan of The Muppets, not simply for childhood nostalgia but for the adult humour that The Jim Henson Company always employed within their sketches. With a working title of No Strings Attached, my fingers are firmly crossed for cheeky jibes, euphemisms and original humour that made The Muppet Show so successful. Indeed, the brilliance of this year’s The Muppets film was in its appeal for an adult audience. One would be correct in questioning whether we can ever emulate the greatness of The Muppet Show when we consider the mediocre attempt of Muppets Tonight in the 90s – anyone else remember the dull Rastafarian catfish puppet presenter? Yes, they managed to make a Rastafarian catfish dull. Creating a new character could just distance an established audience of adults who grew up watching The Muppet Show and classic films such as The Muppet Christmas Carol and The Muppets Take Manhattan. Or, as was the case with the introduction of the incredibly popular Pepé the Prawn, it could prove to be a stroke of genius. Here’s hoping for regular cameos from the likes of Pepé, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Statler & Waldorf and my all-time favourite, Rizzo the Rat.
To celebrate this joyous Muppet news, here’s why Rizzo and the rats should be allowed back into our Saturday night viewing: