Harry Hill to stay with ITV

ITV are not over the Hill quite yet.

“If you’re a light entertainer there’s really only one place to be on a Saturday night, and that’s ITV.” – Harry Hill

It had been mooted that Harry Hill was to depart for blue Skies – or Sky One to be exact. However today ITV has announced the network has agreed a two year deal with Harry and Avalon Television for two new series of the BAFTA award-winning TV Burp in 2010 and 2011, and two new series of You’ve Been Framed.

The deal with Harry Hill and Avalon also includes a commitment to develop new programme formats, which could include the broadcaster reviving old favourites. Mooted suggestions for Hill to host, or co-host, include Game For A Laugh, You Bet!, Strike It Lucky and Stars in their Eyes.

The new agreement will include two eight-episode runs of Harry Hill’s TV Burp in addition to special ‘best of’ compilations. The contract also includes the option of extending the deal for two further series of TV Burp in 2011 and 2012. You’ve Been Framed is a stalwart of the ITV schedules, having launched in 1989 hosted, and devised by, the late Jeremy Beadle for Granada Television.

Harry is known for his ‘random’ and ‘off the wall’ comedy, having initially hosted his own show for Channel 4 before switching to Independent Television.

“Harry is one of the outstanding comedians and television entertainers of his generation. I’m delighted that ITV1 will continue to be the home of the multi-award winning TV Burp and I very much look forward to working with Harry and Avalon on new projects for the channel.” – Peter Fincham, ITV Director of Television

Pictured Top: Could there be ITV stars in his eyes? Pictured Bottom: ITV Studios in London. Formerly the LWT complex which was home to shows such as You Bet! and Game for a Laugh which have been mooted may return hosted by Hill.
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