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Bacon keen for 'Flipside TV' return

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Richard Bacon

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Richard Bacon has revealed that he would like to bring back late-night Channel 4 show Flipside TV.

Bacon, who hosted and executive produced the series in 2003, argued that the programme was "exciting" and a "great platform" for young comics.

Flipside, which featured early TV appearances from Justin Lee Collins, Alan Carr and Karl Pilkington, focused on a panel of guests providing a live running commentary on the various TV shows airing at the same time. It was broadcast on Channel 4 between midnight and 2am and also aired for a 10-week run on Paramount.

Speaking about the show, Bacon told DS: "When we did it, we ran it for two hours a night which was far too long. It needed properly producing and reducing to half-an-hour. But it was an exciting show that when it worked, it really was great.

"We had loads of great comics on there, we got Justin Lee Collins on, who started as a guest, became a presenter and was then spotted by Stuart Murphy at BBC Three, who gave him a job on the Strictly sister show.

"We had Alan Carr on there. One of my co-producers saw Alan at the Comedy Store and brought him on. We had Matt Lucas on one show, Mark E Smith from the Fall and Karl Pilkington. Loads of interesting people came on."

He added: "It was a really great platform for good comedians. I would like to do it again. Who knows where and who knows when, but I would like to do it again."

Bacon currently hosts his own show from Mondays to Thursdays at 2pm on BBC Radio 5 Live.

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