Michael McIntyre follows Norton's footsteps with BBC chat show
Michael McIntyre is taking the well-trodden path from comedian to talk show host, with the functionally-named The Michael McIntyre Chat Show set to premiere on BBC One in the spring.
The stand-up comic will interview three famous guests each episode, a formula that has worked for soon-to-be rivals Graham Norton and Jonathan Ross.
McIntyre has risen to become one of the nation’s most popular comedians in recent years and is expected to "bring his unique and hugely popular brand of comedy" to the six-part series.
"From my very first conversation I remember thinking, 'This should be televised!'" he joked. "Well, now the British Broadcasting Corporation has made my dream a reality.
"I am overwhelmingly excited about meeting and having fun with my favourite celebrated people on The Michael McIntyre Chat Show."
BBC One controller Charlotte Moore added: "I'm thrilled he will be bringing his own unique flavour to a brand new chatshow for BBC One," describing him as "one of the country's leading comedians."
The Michael McIntyre Chat Show is expected to debut in the spring.