Is Micky Flanagan going to come and spoil TV Burp?
TV BURP was one of the finest things on television, with Harry Hill and his team managing to make one of the silliest, funniest and most surreal tea-time telly shows in history. When it bowed out, there was hole which was irreplaceable.
However, some idiot is trying to replace it. No, we’re not talking about Channel 4’s AWFUL look at television with Paddy McGuinness. In fact, it is considerably worse.
Micky Flanagan anyone?
Now, let us be clear – Hill stopped enjoying TV Burp, so looked around for a replacement and apparently spoke to the irritatingly cock-er-ney stand-up about taking over the show. Mercifully, it didn’t materialise.
“I don’t miss it. I probably did it for a couple of years longer than I should have done for my own sanity. I do miss watching it, and I was hoping that someone else would take over. I was talking to Micky Flanagan, and I was hoping he would do it.
“It’s a lot of work, though. I’m the only mug that would do it.”
However, you can imagine ITV’s ears pricking up at all this, thinking that it would be wonderful to have an assumed ‘everyman’ fronting a successful show, so don’t bet against this happening.
Meanwhile, Harry is currently working on a musical version of The X Factor, which has been given the seal of approval by Simon Cowell.
“Two years ago I was watching the final, drunk, and I decided it would be great to do a musical of it. I phoned my friend Steve Brown, who has written musicals before, and told him the idea.
“He didn’t sound convinced, but the next day I called up Peter Fincham, who runs ITV, and said, ‘How can I get this idea to Simon Cowell?’ He was seeing Simon the following day and he called me back the next night and said that Simon was interested. Simon had actually been thinking about doing it himself.”
X Factor… Music… Genius!
Photo: Harry Hill with the Best Entertainment Performance award received for Harry Hill’s TV Burp at the British Academy Television Awards at the London Palladium, W1.