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Saturday 12 July 2014

Bremner: I'd love to do a chat show

Rory Bremner dreams of having a talk show

Rory Bremner has admitted he would love his own chat show.

The satirist and impressionist said he thinks there is a "yawning gap" for a talk show like Michael Parkinson's and revealed he would be happy to fill the void.

The star, who shows viewers the country's finest sights in new ITV show Rory Bremner's Great British Views, said: "I would love to do a chat show because just as there's a big, yawning gap where there should be a satire programme in this country, I think there's also a yawning gap where we should have a Michael Parkinson-style talk show."

Rory said he would have "anyone with a story to tell" on his show, adding: "Actors, musicians, writers, the whole lot.

"Parky would have something ludicrous like the founder of The Salvation Army, Harold Pinter and Fred Truman in the same episode. Could you imagine a chat show where you had, let's say Freddie Flintoff, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Colin Firth? It just doesn't happen and I miss that."

Rory enjoyed meeting plenty of different people and hearing their stories while he was making his new series.

"One of the things I loved most about the programme was that people were very relaxed," he said.

"I try very hard not to intimidate people in any way. I'm not Jeremy Paxman. I'm not interested in catching them out. I'm interested in their company and hearing their story."

:: Rory Bremner's Great British Views is on weekdays at 2pm on ITV.

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