Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Corden: Sketch show biggest regret

James Corden wishes he'd had more time to work on his sketch show with Mat Horne

James Corden has revealed his sketch show with Mat Horne is his biggest regret in life.

The 33-year-old actor - who is publishing his autobiography May I Have Your Attention Please? - told The Sun rushing the six-part sketch show into production in 2009 while he and Mat were riding high on the success of Gavin And Stacey was his biggest mistake.

"I wish we had taken more time over our sketch show. I wish we hadn't rushed it so much," he said.

He went on: "I wish we'd just put the brakes on and said, 'We need a year and a half before we can even contemplate shooting this', rather than four or five months.

"I don't think Mat and I ever thought 'let's form a double act', but I believe we could have made a better TV show than that. As much as I don't think it's awful, there are little nuggets I know were all right, but there were not enough.

"If I had a regret it's that. You can't make anything without making mistakes, if you're working in any creative spectrum. So long as you learn by them, then it has been beneficial. "

And James revealed, despite the bad reviews, he and friend Mat struggled with the decision not to carry on their sketch show. He said: "It was hard going through all that. And also making the decision to not carry on that sketch show was the biggest creative decision of our lives. It was there, the figures were really good, really healthy, so there was a real opportunity to keep it on.

"But it was inconceivable to me that it would suddenly turn around, and people would just go, 'Ah man, this is the best show ever'."

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