We got an official press release today that we’ve been waiting on for some time; the announcement that the saviour of Jersey truth and justice could be set to return to the island very soon. A Bergerac reboot is now in Development with Paramount Network International.
It’s been discussed for decades since Jim Bergerac maintained law and order on our island in the 1980s. Now Artists Studios, backed by Endemol Shine UK, and Westward Studios are developing a reboot of the classic police drama for Paramount Network International, as a potential future commission for its network of channels outside of the U.S.
The Lead Producer on the development is Artists Studio’s Emmy award-winning Gub Neal, known for hits such as Prime Suspect, Cracker and The Fall. Co-production partner Westward Studios are based in Jersey.
The original series of Bergerac proved so popular it ran for nine series between the 80s and 90s, as well as spawning several holiday specials. We’re hoping that a new show could be brilliant for our tourism and put Jersey back on the screen for the world to see!
Jill Offman, Executive Vice President Paramount Network said “We have several exciting dramas in development, one of which is the classic favourite Bergerac. Our hope is that we will be able to commission Bergerac as a full series for Paramount Network International.”
Brian Constantine, CEO of Westward Studios and Executive Producer said “I’m excited at the prospect that Bergerac may be returning to our screens once again. It’s a much-loved drama and a real boost for Jersey, my home, where Bergerac has become part of the island’s identity.”
Gub Neal, Executive Producer, Artists Studios adds “We’ve been trying to bring back Bergerac for some time and I’m very glad that we have the next generation of such an iconic show in development. Updated for the present day, it will deal with contemporary stories-of-the-week that run alongside a strong serial spine.”