Friday 20 April 2018

Russell Brand to return to British TV with Brand X

Russell Brand retreated from British broadcasting following a series of prank telephone calls he made with Jonathon Ross to the actor Andrew Sachs. Photo: Getty Images
Russell Brand retreated from British broadcasting following a series of prank telephone calls he made with Jonathon Ross to the actor Andrew Sachs. Photo: Getty Images

Lara Prendergast

RUSSELL Brand is set to return to British TV with his first show since the 2008 'Sachsgate' scandal.

Brand X will be filmed in the US and is being been billed as the comedian’s 'unfiltered take on current events, politics and popular culture'.



Brand retreated from British broadcasting following a series of prank telephone calls he made with Jonathon Ross to the actor Andrew Sachs.



The phone calls were criticised by a variety of commentators and politicians, who objected to their lewd nature. Following the broadcast of the messages on Brand's Radio 2 show, the BBC received more than 40,000 complaints.



As a result of the messages, Brand resigned from his Radio 2 show and Ross was suspended from the BBC for three months. The BBC was also fined £150,000 by Ofcom.



Ross later quit the BBC, saying that he no longer could face the "sheer volume of negative press."



In the wake of the scandal, Brand left for America, where his career has received a notable boost. Brand has since said that "Sachsgate worked out really well for me."



He has appeared in Hollywood’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek and has penned two memoirs.



His turbulent marriage and subsequent divorce from Katy Perry have meant he has continued to make headlines.



Brand X is due to start next month on Sky Atlantic.

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