Jonathan Ross to return to television as host of C4 show
Jonathan Ross, the presenter, is to return to television as host of a Channel 4 celebration of the nation's favourite toys, it was announced yesterday.
The 49-year-old - whose BBC contract ran out in the summer - will host the station's 100 Greatest Toys countdown this Christmas.
Ross is spending the best part of a year away from TV until he begins a new ITV chat show late next year.
He said: "I've finally come to terms that I'm never really going to grow up, so I have decided to unashamedly and openly embrace my love of toys.
"We all have favourites from our childhood. Now thanks to Channel 4 we have the chance to find out which of them really are the nations favourite toys."
Ross is known as a collector of toys and sold some of his items to raise cash for the Haiti appeal earlier this year.
The three-hour C4 show will take a nostalgic look at the toys and games which have entranced the nation, including Action Man, Lego, Yahtzee and Trivial Pursuit.
The inventors and manufacturers will also give the inside story of how they were created, while well-known figures will talk about the impact the items had on their lives.
A shortlist of 100 toys was selected by a panel of experts from the industry.
Ross parted company with the BBC in July, ending his BBC1 chat show and Radio 2 Saturday morning series.
He was involved with the "Sachsgate" scandal with Russell Brand in late 2008, in which the pair left crude messages on the answerphone of actor Andrew Sachs. Ross was suspended for three months following the incident.