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Lost series of Bottom never saw the light of day

April 15, 2021

TV bosses were confirmed to be planning a new series of Bottom that would have shown the characters, Richie and Eddie, as old age pensioners.

However the plans were axed due to the sudden and the tragic death of actor Rik Mayall.

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TV chiefs had been thinking about topping off a successful Television series, including a number of Live shows, but the new series was never made due to Mayall’s death.

Scripts were already written for the comedy show and filming was due to begin in 2014, almost 20 year after it originally ended.

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Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson would have reprised their roles as the pair of loser ­flatmates Richard Richard and Edward Elizabeth Hitler – in an old people’s home of all places.

But sadly Rik died of a heart attack, aged 56, whilst out for a run in June that year. TV art director, Richard Drew revealed the existence of the lost series.

He had already been working with Mayall on Man Down when asked to design new sets for the latest series of Bottom, which would most likely have had a different title.

Richard told the One Foot In The Podcast, “There was talk of doing a follow-up to Bottom with Ade and Rik.”

“I got the script actually. I won’t say it what it was called. I was asked by Ed Bye, the director, to look at it. Sadly, it only exists as a script and a couple of sketches that was as far as we got.”

Recalling the moment he was told of Rik’s death, Richard added, “We were set to do series two of Man Down, and then I got a call which went, ‘I’ve got some really bad news, Rik has passed away.’”

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Bottom originally aired on BBC2 from September 1991 to April 1995.

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