Give My Head Peace actor Tim McGarry has said the show will go on without beloved former co-star BJ Hogg, who died in April.
The comedian claimed that BJ, famous for playing Big Mervyn in the popular sitcom, would have wanted it to return to television.
"BJ played a vital role in the success of the show and we will definitely go on without him, but he'll always be part of our team and will be fondly remembered by everybody associated with it," the 56-year-old added.
"He was an old-style theatre person... the show must go on no matter what and he was certainly a man who embraced the entire ethos of that.
"It was really quite distressing for all of us. We were on tour with BJ and he was on the show until the middle of March, then because of lockdown we didn't get to see each other.
"What I think was really upsetting was that we couldn't even give him a good send-off because we were locked down at the time. We just about got the funeral home to give him a round of applause out of the home.
"BJ was part of the family. We had been working together for nearly 30 years and he was such a good guy. It was just an enormous loss to us.
"We're such a tight-knit family when we're on tour. That's part of what makes the atmosphere on Give My Head Peace - there's no egos or anybody getting paid way more than anyone else. We're all on an equal footing.
"I have very few memories of him that don't involve laughing and having a great time with great craic.
"You never look back and think of a miserable time you had with him. It's always stupid, fun things.
"He brought so much to the part of Big Mervyn. Big Merv was a big, stupid, gormless character, which seems easy to play, but it's actually not. He was so good at it sometimes he would steal the scene. He was absolutely brilliant and irreplaceable, but the show must go on."
As well as starring in Give My Head Peace, Tim presents The Blame Game, which returns to TV tomorrow night for a one-off special with a remote live audience.
"It was bit odd as due to Covid-19 we couldn't have an audience. Normally we'd play to about 300 people and have thousands of people apply for tickets, but we just couldn't do that this time," Tim said.
"A number of shows have tried ways around it. Our producer came up with a couple of brilliant ideas, one of which was having a Zoom audience of 200 people watching it live, then we had another audience in a cinema in north Belfast. They were also watching it live and we were able to hear them laughing, which was great.
"It was a very weird experience not to have live human beings in front of us, but it worked very well and we're delighted.
"Some shows have tried doing it without an audience, but a panel show like The Blame Game requires instant reactions from people. Comedians feed off the laughter and energy of the people. It just so happened in this case the room was about four and half miles away, but it still worked.
"It's tough in these circumstances, but the BBC has to be commended for the way it handled it. Everybody was temperature-checked and there was regular hand-washing and wearing of masks up until recording and so on. It worked a treat.
"We haven't been on air for nine months, so we had plenty to talk about. We had a lot of fun with all the different aspects of how we had survived lockdown and how people are coping with schools opening again.
"Once we got over the fact the audience wasn't in front of us, we kind of just got on with it and the craic was great.
"I think it's a great innovation by the BBC and I could certainly see it working in the future."