Kate's father starred in the iconic prison comedy from 1974 to 1977, but passed away in 1979 aged just 31 after suffering a massive heart-attack. The Pearl Harbor actress, 42, was five-years-old when he died.

BBC bosses are now planning to bring back the TV series, which saw Richard as Lennie Godber, a naive young prisoner who is taken under the wing of experienced convict Norman Stanley Fletcher, who was played by late British comedy great Ronnie Barker.

The show will return later this year (16) for a special episode featuring Fletcher's grandson, as a cyber-criminal who must face life behind bars.

And Kate has given her blessing to the reboot, telling BBC Radio Five Live, "I don't think that's such a terrible idea. I think that's quite nice really.

"When it's beloved characters and a beloved a project, it's quite nice to have an imaginary, 'What is their grandson doing?'"

However the star says she will not be angling for a guest appearance in the episode, which has been penned by the show's original writers DICk Clement and Ian La Frenais.

"In Porridge? You've got to be joking," she adds. "It's a boy's prison. I'm not that versatile. Tea lady?"

Despite giving her backing to the reboot of her dad's sitcom, the actress, who appeared in a 2012 remake of science-fiction classic Total Recall, says she doesn't think making new versions of revered movies or TV shows is always good idea.

"I think it's a shame sometimes when they take something that is almost perfect or perfect and then remake it," she explains. "That's a silly idea. They should remake things that aren't very good and have another go at it."

Kate's latest movie, Love & Friendship, an adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Lady Susan opened in the U.K. on Friday (27May16), after debuting in the U.S. last month (Apr16).