Tuesday 23 January 2018

Evans set for new series of TFI

Chris Evans
Chris Evans

New Top Gear host Chris Evans is bringing back his old show TFI Friday for a new series after a successful anniversary special earlier this month.

Evans, who also hosts the breakfast show on Radio 2, told fans the show was "comi ng back for a short but perfectly formed run of eight shows pre-Christmas".

The broadcaster, recently named as Jeremy Clarkson's successor on Top Gear, scored a huge hit in the 1990s with the original TFI Friday.

The show, which included segments such as Ugly Bloke and Freak or Unique?, returned to Channel 4 for a live special with guests including Evans's old sidekick Will Macdonald.

It recalled its heyday almost 20 years ago with a line-up of with guests including Shaun Ryder, who famously swore on teatime television while performing and prevented the programme from being broadcast live again.

There was also a performance by Britpop survivors Blur, a duet between Liam Gallagher and The Who's Roger Daltrey, plus Rudimental and Years & Years.

They were joined by guests including Hollywood stars Amanda Seyfried and Ewan McGregor, singers Rita Ora and Ricky Wilson, Olympian Tom Daley, presenter Kirstie Allsopp and DJ Nick Grimshaw.

Channel 4 boss Jay Hunt said confirming the new series was "a no-brainer" after the success of the special episode.

Evans added: " Oh my goodness, are we really going to get to do this again? Looks like it - and leading into Christmas too.

"I might actually spontaneously explode on live television due to over excited-ness. Does that still count as unpredictable cos I've said it now?"

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