Classic BBC comedy The Brittas Empire is making a comeback

Chris Barrie reveals that a script has been written for a special episode of the 90s leisure centre sitcom.

1990s sitcom The Brittas Empire might be about to make a surprise comeback after 18 years off screen.

The leisure centre comedy, which ran for seven series on BBC One, has had a script commissioned for a comeback special and is in the early stages of development.

Chris Barrie, who played bumbling Whitbury New Town Leisure Centre manager Gordon Brittas, revealed the news at a fan convention.

“There’s no secret to the fact that there’s a script that’s been commissioned by the BBC for a new Brittas Empire. So there’s a chance that I may well be back,” said Barrie.

“One of the original writers is behind it and fingers crossed it happens before I completely forget how to say my name.

“The script stage is supposed to be done now. I may be seeing something this summer on it. So fingers crossed.”


The show aired 53 episodes between 1991 and 1997. It is often repeated on UKTV channel Gold (BT TV Channel 310) and was voted the 47th greatest British sitcom of all time in a 2004 poll.

Andrew Norriss and Richard Fegen wrote the first five series, before leaving the show.

Famously, the seventh series ended by revealing that the entire show had actually been Gordon Brittas’s dream the night before a job interview at the leisure centre.

Barrie is currently working on two more series of another sitcom revival, cult comedy Red Dwarf, which will air on UKTV channel Dave.

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