Harry Hill poised to return to ITV with spoof cookery show

Matthew Hall is hoping to bring his madcap comic creation back to the channel three years after ending Harry Hill’s TV Burp

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It’s been more than three years since Harry Hill was on ITV, dazzling viewers with his sideways look at the week’s small-screen offerings in Harry Hill’s TV Burp.

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But RadioTimes.com understands that he could be in line for a return to the channel and is in the process of developing a spoof cookery show which he will do in the guise of Harry – a character played by former medic Matthew Hall.

According to sources close to the project, the spoof cookery show is still in the early stages of development. But ITV bosses are understood to have high hopes for the proposed new series, which promises mayhem, jollity, some ridiculous cuisine and, of course, those massive Harry collars…

Harry Hill’s TV Burp (below) ran for 11 series between 2001 and 2012 and was memorable for its many in-jokes. These included various talking puppets and stage-managed “fights” before the central commercial break.

Hill will also be on BBC1 this Christmas in a new instalment of his caper The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm.

The second film will follow in the footsteps of last year’s seasonal show which saw Fast Show star Charlie Higson distill Norman Hunter’s classic children’s books into a 60-minute drama.  

Hill will once again play the eccentric Professor with returns for Vicki Pepperdine as the highly-strung housekeeper Mrs Flittersnoop and Fast Show star Simon Day who made a memorable Colonel Dedshott of the Catapult Cavaliers.

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Once again, the Christmas special brings to life the almost-blind Professor’s madcap scientific experiments in a plot fashioned by Higson around Hunter’s many short stories about his exploits.