With new Countdown host Nick Hewer set to shoot a week of shows next week with former Apprentice counterpart Margaret Mountford in dictionary corner, we thought we’d take the opportunity to look back at some of TV’s most popular double acts and see if there’s any chance of them getting back together for one last job.
Newman & Baddiel
Who? – 1990’s ‘Comedy is the new rock n roll’ arena filling pairing. Started on the Mary Whitehouse Experience, ended up arguing about dressing room size.
Chances of a reunion? – Apparently they still don’t get on, so not great.
Fry & Laurie
Who? – Cambridge educated brain box pairing who made several critically successful series in the 80’s and 90’s. Since gone onto become (respectively) the Greatest Living Englishman and a massive worldwide TV star in a show hardly watched in the UK.
Chances of a reunion? – They’re still best mates (Fry is godfather to Laurie’s kids) so you never know.
Adrian Chiles & Christine Bleakley
Who? – ITV’s one-time breakfast golden couple were poached form the Beeb in a mind-bogglingly expensive deal only to find themselves kicked off their flagship show after only a few months of bad ratings. Not been seen together in public since.
Chances of a reunion? – Do they need it? Chiles is doing his footie and chat show, Bleakley is presenting Dancing On Ice with serial co-presenter Pip Schofield. Can’t see them teaming up again soon.
French & Saunders
Who? – Comic Strip alumni who have had innumerable sketch show and sitcom successes.
Chances of a reunion? – Virtually guaranteed, just wait until next Xmas.
Reeves & Mortimer
Who? – Surrealist mirth mongers recently dropped by the BBC for still unexplained reasons.
Chances of a reunion? – Vic and Bob are the best of friends and neither has flourished in solo projects. Expect more daftness from them soon.
Noel Fielding & Julian Barratt
Who? – Mighty Boosh team who haven’t worked together since the last series ended 5 years ago.
Chances of a reunion? – Fielding’s recent Luxury Comedy show sunk during its first episode and Barratt has only taken a few acting roles of late. Might be high time for them to get back to booshing.
Steptoe and Son
Who? – Odd couple father and son rag-and-bone men who both died many years ago.
Chances of a reunion? – Slim at best.