Lee Francis Films Pilot Relaunches Controversial Comedy Bo ‘Selecta’ 13 Years After Series Finale

Leigh Francis has revealed that he has filmed a new pilot episode for a reboot of his controversial comedy Bo’ Selecta for Channel 4 – 13 years after his last series.

It comes just weeks after singer Craig David, 41, once again criticized the comedian for creating a ‘racist’ portrayal of him on the sketch show, which aired between 2002 and 2009.

All four episodes of the series were removed in 2020 following backlash from Craig and Trisha Goddard, who the comedian, now 49, impersonated as wearing latex masks.

Back for more: Leigh Francis, 49, revealed he filmed a new pilot episode for Channel 4’s controversial comedy reboot Bo’ Selecta – 13 years after its last season

The show also saw him take on the roles of celebrity stalker Avid Merrion as well as a foul-mouthed bear and Lee admitted that these characters might survive if TV heads commissioned the show.

He told The Sun: ‘Avid Merrion is wandering around somewhere. He’s a little different though, he’s grown up. The bear was in the pilot, too. I don’t know if it will continue, it’s all in the hands of the TV gods.

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Leigh and Channel 4 for comment.

Earlier this year, the star, also known as his alter ego Keith Lemon, saw his show “Celebrity Smoothie” and “The Fantastical Factory of Curious Craft” by TV heads.

Upset: It comes just weeks after singer Craig David, 41, criticized the comedian again for creating a portrayal of

The upset: It comes just weeks after singer Craig David, 41, once again criticized the comedian for creating a “racist” portrayal of him on the sketch show, which aired between 2002 and 2009.

Speaking of singer Craig, he said: ‘I wish he wasn’t upset. . . We hugged and everything was fine, so I don’t know.

It comes after Hitmaker called the former Celebrity Juice host a “bully” earlier this month, commenting on the 20-year feud, which appears to have reignited.

And proof that there’s still tension in the air, it comes just a month after Lee told Craig to “move on” and “stop talking about it.”

Craig appeared on Elizabeth Day’s How To Fail podcast, detailing difficult times as he remembers it bringing him back to being bullied at school.

‘I felt like the universe, God, whatever you want to call it, was saying let’s mirror the same thing that happened to you at school,’ the musician explained, recalling the inconveniences he would face as a child.

But now, with the goal of being someone in the public eye, we’re going to confirm that to the entire world. I could not quite understand why I felt the same teasing again, as if I were at school.

The title of the series is based on the title of the Artful Dodger and Craig David song “Re-Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo Selecta)” and depicts Craig as a cocky Yorkshireman who owns a plastic peregrine falcon named Kes.

Trauma: Craig appeared on Elizabeth Day's How To Fail podcast, detailing the difficult times he recalled when he was brought back by bullies at school

Tough: The musician recalled the hurt he would go through as a child, and explained:

Trauma: Craig appeared on Elizabeth Day’s How To Fail podcast, detailing the difficult times he recalled when he was brought back by bullies at school

Claiming that the show was responsible for derailing his pop career because people stopped taking it seriously, Craig continued: ‘I think the most frustrating thing about the series is that it wouldn’t be acceptable now, for me it’s been ten years since that. It wasn’t just the show, it was the aftermath of the show.

I could not understand where the target of the bullying was so focused on me. It was just cheap shots all along.

There are many examples of blackface on the sketch show, with Craig adding that his mockery of Mel B and Trisha was “blatant racism”.

Derailed: Claiming that the show was responsible for derailing his pop career because people stopped taking him seriously, Craig continued:

Derailed: Claiming that the show was responsible for derailing his pop career because people stopped taking him seriously, Craig continued: “I think the most frustrating thing about this series is that it’s not going to be accepted now.”

He continues: ‘And there were a lot of people being ridiculed. I had a moment on BBC Breakfast talking about Trisha Goddard and Mel B. It wasn’t just the fact that there were three black people on this show and they were being mocked, it was racist but you look at that. You put on a rubber mask and run like that, you’re a racist.

Adding his previous criticism of former England captain David Beckham to his list of “cheap picks,” Craig recalled Lee’s mockery of the athlete’s voice.

These weren’t virtual characters, they were real people with lives and feelings, cheap shots, that was the premise of the show.

More stars: There are several instances of blackface in the sketch show, with Craig adding that his mockery of Mel B and Trisha Goddard was

Unsavory: Trisha previously revealed that the show left her feeling the

More stars: There are several instances of blackface in the sketch, with Craig adding that his mockery of Mel B (left) and Trisha Goddard (right) was “blatant racism”

Lee made apologies to Craig, Mel B and Trisha back in June 2020 for the way he had sketched black celebrities, and entered into an agreement with Channel 4 that same year to cancel the show from their streaming platform on All 4 after such sketches were deemed unsuitable for a modern audience. .

And the couple seemed to have put things to bed after Lee recalled that she bumped into Craig at mutual friend Fearne Cotton’s 2014 wedding.

Speaking to The Sun’s TV Biz column, the comedian said: ‘The only way you’re going to get away from him, if he feels like people are going on, is to stop talking about it.

‘A long time ago, right?’ It’s 20 years ago. I wish he wasn’t upset. She bumped into him at Fernie’s wedding and they hug and everything was fine.

Apology: Lee made apologies to Craig, Mel B and Trisha back in June 2020 for the way he sketched black celebrities, and made an agreement with Channel 4 that same year to remove the show from their streaming platform on All 4 after such sketches were deemed unsuitable for an audience accident

Apology: Lee made apologies to Craig, Mel B and Trisha back in June 2020 for the way he sketched black celebrities, and made an agreement with Channel 4 that same year to remove the show from their streaming platform on All 4 after such sketches were deemed unsuitable for an audience accident

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