Loved the original series when they were first shown. At the time it was hilarious and genuinely different to the standard sitcom fare (some really good, some bad, some dire) that was around at the time.
However, when it was repeated about 10 years ago, I have to say it had dated very, very badly and was embarrassingly unfunny at times...
So I think this has all the makings of a very big mistake.
Oddly, unlike say music or cinema, humour doesn't seem to generally age well.
I think a good indicator of a country's national sport is the one that "matters most" in terms of how much international success, stand out individuals etc mean to the majority of the population.
As a Welshman, it still has to be Rugby Union; for England/Italy/Germany/Portugal etc - surely football (imagine the reaction if England ever win another World Cup). Kenya - running; India - cricket, Australia - cricket, New Zealand - Rugby Union etc.
It's also self-perpetuating to an extent; a lot of the most naturally talented individuals tend to get drawn to the sport that has the most kudos in the society in which they grow up.
About 20 (?) years ago, I remember hearing tracks by a singer (can't remember his name) who released an album of contemporary songs done in the style of vintage Elvis Presley.
The one I particularly remember was his version of "Come as you are" by Nirvana - it was actually very good !
Also remember John Peel playing a Welsh language band's cover of "New dawn fades" - not a clue who they were, but I liked it at the time.
Agree with Chimney about "Only You". The original is great, but the Flying Pickets version had something too and as you say, is more moving. Remember the video as well - set in the sort of "old style boozer" that you don't find anymore.
Have to disagree with Red Squirrel about "Take me to the river" - not a particular Talking Heads fan, but I love that one.