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Dara in challenge to make maths funny

COMEDIAN Dara O Briain is returning to his roots and is in talks to present a complicated maths TV show.

The funny man, who has a degree in mathematical physics, said that the unusual pilot show involved solving problems, working through formulas and "hard maths".

Although Dara graduated from University College Dublin (UCD), he went on to become a regular stand-up comedian in Ireland and the UK.

The Mock The Week presenter explained the new foray into a mathematics show for British TV.

"Just did strangest telly pilot ever," he said. "It involved doing proper, hard maths. Integration and logs and everything."

The award-winning stand up comedian was recently announced as the host of The Apprentice: You're Fired on the BBC.

Dara (38) is stepping into the space made vacant after the departure of Adrian Chiles.

He reacted: "As a comedian, I've spent my entire career asking people 'what do you do for a living?' It can't be too much of a stretch to include the words ' ... now that you know you're not getting this job' at the end of the question."

Dara started off his career presenting children's television programmes on RTE and TG4.

The TV star from Bray has gone down a storm in Britain and regularly appears on Live at the Apollo, QI and Radio 4's Just A Minute.

And BBC Two bosses think Dara's quick wit will lend itself perfectly to the Apprentice show.

Controller Janice Hadlow said that she was "thrilled to have Dara on board", adding: "His unique style of quick-witted banter is ideally suited to the job of probing the latest casualty of Lord Sugar's infamous firing finger."

"Dara is such a witty and clever man," said Mark Linsey, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning.

"He's absolutely the right man for the job."

Dara, who lives in London with his wife Susan, was recently approached to star in the glitzy reality dancing show Strictly Come Dancing, but turned it down saying he does not do reality TV shows with 'Celebrity' in the title.