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Frank Skinner: 'Fantasy Football League is no longer required'

3 December 2014 12:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Frank Skinner has said that Fantasy Football League is "no longer required" nowadays.

The stand-up comic - who co-hosted the comedy football series with David Baddiel in the 1990s - said that there are currently plenty of other outlets for their style of show.

"I like that people [still] like Fantasy Football," he told Digital Spy. "You don't need it any more.

"Match of the Day 2 is quite comic, and there's Soccer Am and League of Their Own. Saint and Greavesey were the two pioneers of football comedy, but we continued the tradition.

He continued: "There's almost no serious stuff. Even on Sky they feel they have to do gags in the punditry bits. I think it's no longer required.

"When we were showing funny football clips, there was no internet. But now – just go on YouTube."

Fantasy Football League originally ran on BBC Two from 1994 to 1996, before returning for specials »

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Mike Bassett: England Manager sequel to shoot this year

17 March 2014 4:09 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A sequel to 2001's Mike Bassett: England Manager will begin shooting later this year.

Titled Mike Bassett: Interim Manager, the comedy will see Ricky Tomlinson reprise his role as the fictional football coach as he's brought back into the national team setup to assist German coach Jorgen Mannstein.

Steve Barron, who directed the first film, will return to oversee the sequel alongside screenwriters Rob Sprackling and John R Smith.

"Bassett was the last England manager to take the national team to Brazil. We reached the semis then, who knows what we could achieve this time?" Barron said.

Footballer and actor Andy Ansah, who starred in Dream Team and coined Soccer Am's "unbelievable tekkers" segment, is so far the only other cast member confirmed to return from the previous film.

"As the years have gone by, Bassett seems to have dug deeper into football folklore," Barron added of the hapless fictional coach. »

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