TV revivals seem to be all the rage nowadays! 2014 saw 24 return with a limited 12-part run, Doctor Who came back to become one of the most globally watched programmes and who could forget Family Guy being brought back twice? Well, I think there are still some shows that deserve to be given a second life, a chance to either continue with what they begun or at least bring a close to the original story. Many shows never get this, but I am going to name my Top 7 shows that need to come back.
British thrillers don’t get much better than this. Gripping from the very start, this is the story of a group of individuals who uncover a manuscript. It is supposed to have predicted the world’s biggest disasters and their fight to save the world. What we find is actually the plans to save the world via mass sterilisation. With an incredible cast (Adeel Akhtar, Alexandra Roach, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and many more great British actors), perfectly comic book-esque cinematography and a great blend of dark humour and gory imagery, this show stood out amongst many others. Finishing its second series with a big cliffhanger, we may never know what happened to our heroes. But, we will never forget Neil Maskell’s creepy Arby or his phrase “Where is Jessica Hyde?”.
A cartoon which was just mad, crazy and roughly 22 minutes of anything funny! Co-created by Batman: The Animated Series developer Bruce Timm and Paul Dini whom also contributed to the show, they created a cartoon which brought a new, original character to the plate. The idea of a computer geek called Dexter Douglass who one day gets sucked into his computer and becomes The Freakazoid. A lighter toned superhero series than most from the 1990’s, the series saw a great mix of pop-culture references with slapstick and parody running throughout. Though the series was short lived, it is still favoured by many fans today and many people remember its theme tune which is just so infectious and joyful.
A man who travels through time, ok it’s not the most original idea ever. But it is the journey of Kevin McKidd’s Dan Vasser that will have you hooked. Without notice, Dan jumps back in time to help people who are in danger. Throughout the 13 episode run, we find him being reacquainted with ex-fiancée Livia (who travels forward in time), struggles to keep hold of his family and work out the secret to his time-jumping power. With a finale which showed the origin of Dan’s powers, there was so much more to explore in this sci-fi series. Maybe, we can one day see what would have happened. Also, what about Dan’s wife Katie as she finally sees her husband jump before her very eyes?
Fantasy shows can sometimes be eerie, violent or filled with mythical creatures. This though, features a pie man who can bring the dead back to life. Sounds creepy? Well, not as creepy as you may think. When Ned touches the dead, they come back to life. When he touches them again, they die. If left alive for more than a minute, someone else nearby will die. Ned (Lee Pace) has since gone into business with Detective Emerson Cod, who he helps with investigating murder mysteries. When Ned brings back his childhood sweetheart Chuck, he finds he is still in love with her and refuses to touch her again. The show becomes fantasy comedy-drama with great dialogue and unforgettable characters and is a great family show which makes you want to believe this fairytale was true.
Though we haven’t heard that Torchwood is officially cancelled, considering our last adventure with Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper was in 2011, it is safe to say it’s a very slim chance of series five happening. With Miracle Day finishing with a big cliffhanger in new ally Rex becoming an immortal like Jack, we never got to see what happened next or if The Family was to get their chance to rise again after the defeat they suffered. To see a reformed Torchwood with Captain Jack Harkness in control once again would be great, though would it work with all that has happened? Also, should we finally let Ianto Jones come back to life? Well, I think Russell T. Davies needs to get this one going, and soon.
Truly one of the best comedies the UK has ever produced, the adventures of Edmund Blackadder and his descendants gave a twist to the sitcom. By setting each series in a different time era and in a new situation while retaining the characters we grew to enjoy, you found yourself familiar with your cast as each series came. Though we very much said goodbye to Blackadder, Baldrick and the others back in the millennium special, I reckon that Rowan Atkinson should consider reviving the legendary character for a new series of adventures. Maybe take in the rock era of the 1970’s, or maybe even leading a government in London through the 1990’s. If it was to happen, we need Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie, Tim McInnerny, Miranda Richardson and Stephen Fry to be part of it. Please make it happen!
Afro Samurai has been a big hit since its release as a manga series in 1999. When the news broke that an anime series was to be produced and to star Samuel L Jackson, then we all knew this would be big. Since 2009’s ‘Resurrection’, the talk of a new special or series has slowly diminished. Since the film finished with a tease of the return of the villain Justice, many have wanted to see a follow-up. Maybe a final special to wrap up this dangling thread would go well. Since the talk of a live-action adaptation has completely died down, an animated special would be the natural conclusion. We need more Afro Samurai, see him defend that Number 1 headband one last time.
Written by Jonjo Cosgrove