Slapstick family favourite revived with just two episodes after bumpy ride.
However, the publicist Mark Borkowski said revivals could backfire and get the “wrong kind of publicity … if you lean too heavily on the nostalgia. It can set the bar too high for the new talent who feel they’ve got to become the next Brucie.”
He added: “It’s a double-edged sword. A lot of the big shows such as Blind Date were extensions of stars’ personalities such as Cilla Black.”
Borkowski said broadcasters were keen to find new programmes as their big hits such as Strictly Come Dancing – itself a reworking of the BBC’s ballroom dancing competition, Come Dancing – or The X Factor have been around for years.
“It’s a very small gene pool of talent these days, which makes it hard for producers,” he said. “It’s a different world, where reality shows are giving us Rylan Clark-Neal or kids with massive characters are going on YouTube thinking they can make money presenting for four minutes. It’s not the same as being able to carry a large shiny floor show.”