Almost 40 years on from his starring role in Fawlty Towers, John Cleese is set to return to the BBC for a new sitcom.
The 77-year-old comedian will play a man prone to outbursts of fury whose love interest does not take too much interest in him, in a role not dissimilar to Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers.
The new sitcom, Edith, will also feature Alison Steadman and Bafta-winning actor Jason Watkins, the BBC revealed on Tuesday.
Cleese said: “These are the most enjoyable scripts I've been sent in the last 100 years. It will also be particularly nice to work with Alison again since we joined forces in Clockwise all that time ago.”
The announcement came after Cleese said there was "no way" he would work for the corporation again.
The Monty Python star has frequently criticised the broadcaster and has not taken a lead role in a BBC sitcoms since Fawlty Towers ended in 1979.
In 2015, he told ShortList magazine: “There’s no way I want to work in TV, especially at the BBC.
"I have a nasty feeling a large proportion of the commissioning editors have no idea what they’re doing."
The six-part comedy series, by Oscar-nominated writer Charles McKeown, tells the story of Edith, played by Steadman, who enjoys daily visits from Cleese's character Phil, an old boyfriend who now lives across the road.
Now a widow, Edith finally agrees to marry Phil and they plan to up sticks and move abroad.
However, the couple's dreams unravel when Edith’s middle-aged son Roger, played by Watkins, turns up after losing his job and leaving his wife.
Jessica Hynes is set to play Roger’s abandoned wife Wendy when the series airs on BBC One.
Steadman said: “I'm thrilled to be in Edith and working with such an amazing cast.”
Chris Sussman, Head of Comedy, BBC Studios said: “It's a privilege to be able to bring such a wonderful cast to a BBC One comedy, and a great testament to Charles McKeown's beautifully-written scripts that they all signed up to it.”