Rik Mayall has revealed the revival of his madcap cult show Bottom could finally happen - but not for another decade.
He and co-star Ade Edmondson were due to work on a comeback series called Hooligan's Island last year but the plans were dropped within months.
However Rik, soon to be seen in the return of Jonathan Creek, said that in 10 years' time they will have reached a ripe old age for the reunion.
The project was announced in August but by October it had been mothballed. Ade said at the time: "We started working on something and we realised why we stopped working together. It wasn't working."
Rik, who is 55 on Thursday, said that he hopes they will bring back their characters Richie and Eddie when they are reaching pensionable age.
Speaking about the cancellation, Rik explained: "Ade said 'we're not old enough' (to bring Bottom back). I said 'yes we are - it's called acting'.
"He just put his foot down and said, 'it's not going to work mate.' He wants to wait 10 years until we're older.
Rik joked: "I won't be able to see or hear or walk."
The comedy star, who reprises his role as Gideon Pryke in this Easter's BBC One Jonathan Creek special called The Clue Of The Savant's Thumb, said Richie and Eddie would not be mellowing out in their old age.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Creek writer David Renwick said he has started working on a further three episodes, due to be filmed later this year.