Gold to reunite Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry
To talk about 30-year friendship in cable channel docuLONDON -- They were the darlings of nineties primetime. Now, "House" star Hugh Laurie and his one-time comedy partner and mentor Stephen Fry are to reunite onscreen for the first time in 15 years.
In a new documentary for cable channel Gold, part of UKTV, the two will talk about their interlinked careers, their on-screen partnership and a friendship that has spanned 30 years.
From their time together at Cambridge University where they were introduced by fellow Footlights performer Emma Thompson -- through an on-screen career which included "A Bit of Fry & Laurie" and "Jeeves & Wooster" in the eighties and nineties -- the two have remained close friends.
In the U.K. it was writer and polymath Stephen Fry, now the host of "QI" who had the higher-profile of the pair, while Laurie's specialty was his portrayal of slightly effete upper class English idiots.
But when Laurie found a home in the U.S. with his performance as the brilliantly curmudgeonly and addictive Dr Greg House in the Fox drama, the show found worldwide fame and propelled him into becoming one of the best-known faces on American TV.
"We are so proud that Stephen and Hugh have chosen to come together on television for the first time in 15 years to create a new show exclusively for Gold," said channel head Paul Moreton.
This one-off special follows in the footsteps of the hugely successful "Fawlty Towers" and "Blackadder" specials that Gold has run, reuniting the cast members of the iconic shows ahead of reruns of the series.