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Alan Carr to bring back The Price is Right

Alan Carr will follow in the footsteps of broadcasting legends Bruce Forsyth and Leslie Crowther in presenting the TV price quiz.

British chat show host Alan Carr is to host a new version of classic game show The Price Is Right.

The 40-year-old funnyman is to follow in the footsteps of broadcasting legends Bruce Forsyth and Leslie Crowther in presenting the U.K. version of the TV price quiz.

A pilot is being produced for Channel 4 by bosses at Thames television, the production company behind The X ­Factor and Britain's Got Talent, with plans for a full series advanced.

Alan told The Sun, "I'm so excited to be the new host of The Price Is Right. It's proper bucket list territory for me as I loved it when I was growing up and now for me to be at the helm of such a ­legendary show is a dream come true."

The U.S. version, which like its U.K. counterpart requires contestants to guess the price of retail items, is the longest running TV game show in history, having debuted in 1956.

A show insider revealed to the newspaper that Channel 4 bosses intend to make the show a fixture of their entertainment schedule.

"Alan is seen as the perfect fit for The Price Is Right. It's an iconic programme so Channel 4 want to make sure they are getting it spot-on," the source said. "All being well with the pilot, they will look at bringing it back properly for a full series and even celebrity specials."

Alan's new entertainment vehicle will see him move on from his Chatty Man talk show, which was axed last year (16) by Channel 4 executives after 16 series.

Bruce Forsyth, 89, who is perhaps The Price Is Right's most famous U.K. host, has not appeared in public since 2015 due to ill health.

His version of the show ended in 2001, after a six year run. Bosses at Britain's ITV network attempted to revive the show in 2006 with funnyman Joe Pasquale, but the show was axed the next year (07).

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