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Patrick Kielty to air bad language game show on BBC

By Joanne Sweeney

Patrick Kielty will soon be back on our screens with a new comedy game show that's all about the absurdities and intricacies of the English language.

The comedian - who will become a first-time parent with wife Cat Deeley within weeks - is making a return with Bad Language after a two-year break from local television.

He's presenting the six-programme series on BBC One Northern Ireland starting on Friday, January 21.

It's another move away from stand-up into the hosting side of TV for the former Fame Academy presenter.

It was on Fame Academy where Kielty met his glamorous wife, who is now a major star on US television.

Both are currently at their California home awaiting the birth of their first child.

In the new show Kielty will be joined by regular team captains Paul Sinha and Susan Calman to take a wry look the English language and how we use certain words and phrases.

Comedy guests who will appear over the series include Phill Jupitus, Rich Hall, Lucy Porter, Mark Watson, Jarred Christmas and Des Clarke.

Producer Stephen Stewart from production company Green Inc, which was set up by himself and Kielty, promised that the show will be substantially different from a version first aired back in 2013.

In the first round each panellist will nominate a word or phrase that, in their view, is "a menace to society" and should be taken out of usage.

The next round sees the panellists challenged to guess which celebrities were responsible for quoted words of wisdom.

In the final round the Ulster comic asks the panellists to embrace the language of advertising, using their skills and ingenuity to "sell" an item.

The audience decides the winner of the programmes, which were all pre-recorded in Belfast's Waterfront Hall.

It will be the first time the Co Down man has been on home screens since December 2013 when he hosted Funny On The Foyle, a gala comedy showcase of up-and-coming local talent.

Meanwhile, Kielty is also to present an hour-long documentary about one of the most notable characters of his adopted home city of Los Angeles, Ulster-born William Mulholland.

In it he uncovers the life and times of the water engineer, the man who gave his name to one of Los Angeles's best-known thoroughfares.

Mulholland Drive is a 21-mile route that goes through the centre of downtown Hollywood.

The documentary - Patrick Kielty's Mulholland Drive - is expected to screen on BBC One Northern Ireland on January 26.

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