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June 01, 2008

Paul's new job

This from the Sun

IT’LL Be Alright On The Night is returning to our screens – with Paul Merton stepping into Denis Norden’s shoes as host.

ITV bosses called time on the legendary bloopers show two years ago after almost three decades on air.

They pulled the plug when Denis – who wrote his cringeworthy gags himself – decided to retire at the grand old age of 84.

But now an insider says: “While it often only aired once a year, Alright On The Night was one of ITV’s highest rating shows.

“We want to bring it back and Paul has agreed to do it.”

The programme, the first to show backstage blunders, ran from 1977 until 2006 and inspired a spin-off, Denis Norden’s Laughter File.

Have I Got News For You panellist Paul, 50, may well be hoping his new role will help wipe out memories of his last ITV show – the total turkey Thank God You're Here.


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