Dom Joly to make TV comeback for ITV1 on Saturday nights

Prank show Fool Britannia will air before The X Factor, says returning comedian

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It seems ITV1 may have found their replacement for Harry Hill’s TV Burp: Dom Joly is to return to television on Saturday nights this October in a pre-X Factor slot, the comedian himself has announced.

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Joly, who had a massive hit in the early 00s with Trigger Happy TV, will star in a new hidden-camera pranks show called Fool Britannia. There’ll be eight episodes in the first series, Joly said.

“If you are in the UK you are now a legitimate target,” he tweeted. “[It] will never be as good as the superb TV Burp but [I] will give it my best.”

Since Trigger Happy TV ended in 2003, Joly has presented various programmes including the disastrous This Is Dom Joly for BBC3, the Trigger Happy clone World Shut Your Mouth for BBC1 and, last year, a documentary about Tintin for Channel 4 called Dom Joly and the Black Island. However, he is now better known as a newspaper columnist.

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Harry Hill yesterday apparently confirmed that the new series of TV Burp, which begins next month on ITV1, will be his last.