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Britain's Got Talent winner to get prime-time magic show

Britain's Got Talent will return this spring for another series and a TV special featuring last year's (16) winner Richard Jones.

Soldier turned magician Richard Jones's 2016 victory on Britain's Got Talent has landed him his own prime-time TV show.

Richard, who in addition to winning last year's (16) edition of the British TV talent contest and going on a national tour, still serves in the British army's Household Cavalry regiment.

According to editors at The Sun newspaper the 26-year-old is set to get his own special on Britain's ITV network, Operation Magic, which will show him entertaining his fellow troops, take viewers behind the scenes on his tour and reveal his duties as a member of the Household Cavalry band.

"There's been a lot of interest to see what Richard has been up to since he was on BGT," an ITV insider said. "He'll be performing some magic tricks to his mates and having a joke with recruits when he makes himself disappear after their lesson in camouflage."

The show will reportedly air before the 2017 series of Britain's Got Talent this spring (17).

If the TV special is a success, bosses at ITV are reportedly looking to give Richard his own series.

"Richard's a lovely guy and people generally like watching him so we could be seeing him on TV more regularly if it goes down well," the television insider added.

Auditions for the new series of Britain's Got Talent are already well underway, with a thousands of hopefuls aiming to impress judges Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon.

Richard's win may give hope to this year's (17) batch of magicians as his victory was the first time a magic act had won the show since it debuted in 2007.

They will have to have something special up their sleeves to top the soldier's performance however, as in last year's (16) Britain's Got Talent final Richard used playing cards to reveal a portrait of Second World War veteran, Fergus Anckorn, who at 98 years old is also Britain's oldest magician, before bringing the man himself out on stage.

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