And the return of the programme - which attracted 10 million viewers at its peak - has already been welcomed by Chris' 'Red Dwarf' co-star Norman Lovett.
He said: ''That show was better than a lot of things today. I know there's still a lot of support for 'Brittas Empire'. And that character would be very funny today.''
It is not yet known whether any other of the former cast members will return for the show's comeback.
Chris previously reprised the character in 2014, making a brief appearance in the music video for Little Mix's Sport Relief single 'Word Up!'.
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