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David Baddiel keen to revisit Unplanned chat show with Frank Skinner

David Baddiel would have turned down the chance to present The Great British Bake Off if he had been offered it.

David Baddiel and Frank Skinner have talked about bringing back their chat show Baddiel & Skinner Unplanned.

The comedians won legions of fans when they joined forces for the beloved programme, which ran for five series between 2000 and 2005. Now David is keen to revisit the show, which featured him and Frank sitting on a sofa and answering random questions from audience members, and would even consider broadcasting via a different means to keep up with the times.

"The great thing about it was, even though it was very frightening, there was little work involved," David told The Sun. "We just turned up and just did it. And I loved the fact you could go anywhere with it.

"The first two series were live, the last three were edited. We could do it online or on cable. Me and Frank have talked about it. It would be a laugh. He lives on my road, it’s great."

Both David and Frank have had success away from Unplanned, with the bespectacled comedian also releasing several books including award-winning children's novel The Parent Agency. Frank, meanwhile, is perhaps most well known in recent years for hosting Room 101 and Sky Arts series Portrait Artist of the Year.

The duo were recently linked to the presenting roles on The Great British Bake Off prior to Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig being announced as the new faces of the Channel 4 show. However, David insisted he wouldn't have wanted to take on the job even if he were offered the gig, adding: "I would have said no to Bake Off. Good luck to Noel, but I think Bake Off is something of a poisoned chalice."

It remains to be seen how Bake Off fares when it debuts in its new home on Channel 4 later this year (17), with Prue Leith joining Paul Hollywood as judge.

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