The Kerrang!-approved cult TV comedy series, will return for a third run next year. Speaking to us this week, The League's very own Steve Pemberton reveals that he, Reece Shearsmith and Mark Gatiss have started writing a new series. The BBC1 show is due to go back into production in March 2002.

"It'll be set in Royston Vasey again," says Pemberton, "but a little bit different. We'll continue with some characters, while introducing a couple of new ones. We'll also maybe have the odd longer story, centring on a couple of characters." Pemberton is unwilling to confirm that Papa Lazarou, the scary character whose introduction was a hit with fans in Series Two, will be returning to claim any more wives next time around. "What we definitely don't want to do is repeat anything," says Pemberton, "if Papa Lazarou does come back it won't be as part of a carnival. There's no point - he's made such an impact."

Neither will Pemberton be specifically drawn on the fates of shopkeepers Edward and Tubbs, who perished in a fire at the end of Series Two. "All I'll say," he mysteriously intones, "is that you didn't actually see them die..."




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