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Dara O'Briain takes Bafta reins

Dara O'Briain is stepping into Graham Norton's shoes to host this year's TV Baftas.

The Mock The Week star is taking over from Graham after he stepped aside because the event clashes with his role as host of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Dara said: "I'm delighted and honoured to be taking the reins at this year's British Academy Television Awards in the prestigious role as the person who introduces the people who read out the winners of the awards."

And he joked about the controversy surrounding the moment James Corden stepped in during Adele's speech at the Brits: "If Adele wins anything I promise I'll leave her well alone, no matter what time it is."

BBC controller of entertainment commissioning Mark Linsey said: "We have called on Dara to front Bafta's Television Awards this year as Eurovision happens to fall on the same weekend, and we know he will do a magnificent job in Graham's absence."

The annual ceremony, honouring the very best television seen in Britain over the past year, will be held on Sunday May 27 at London's Royal Festival Hall and be broadcast on BBC One.

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