Filming has begun on a new series of Arrested Development (Imagine/20th century fox tv)

Filming will start soon on cult comedy show Arrested Development, which will return in 2013.

The new episodes, which will be screened exclusively on Netflix, will reunite the argumentative Bluth family and draw together a large ensemble cast, many members of which have gone on to successful film careers.

Deadline confirmed that the entire original cast of Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Cera Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale, David Cross and Jessica Walter will return for the series.

Director Ron Howard will also return to the show in his role as narrator. He will be executive producer of the series alongside Mitch Hurwitz, Troy Miller, Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo, with the original show's producers Imagine TV and 20th century Fox TV.

The new episodes will provide a link between the original three seasons and a new film, which has been rumoured to be in the works for some time.

Arrested Development is one of the most popular cult shows of all time and represents the classic example of a show being critically adored and well followed, but cancelled after suffering poor scheduling.

The show's fans have never given up, constantly calling for new episodes since the the third season was screened in 2005 and 2006.