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Stephen Mulhern plots Saturday Night Takeaway spin-off show

Stephen Mulhern is also working on a new version of Big Star's Little Star.

Stephen Mulhern is in talks to turn his In For a Penny segment from Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway into its own game show.

In the In For a Penny, In For a Grand segment, the 40-year-old takes to the high streets to find members of the public to play a series of inane challenges, like spelling his name or taking off their hat and scarf just by shaking, for the chance to win £1,000 in cash.

It has proved such a hit that Ant and Dec have suggested it becomes its own stand-alone series, and they are working on making it happen.

"We're trying to make In For a Penny, In For a Grand its own game show," he told The Sun newspaper. "Ant and Dec asked me to do it, which is really exciting. I just knew it was a winner. It's gone down well.

"We're hoping to get it off the ground later this year... We just need some time to work on it. Ideally, we'd make the cash prizes too, just to up the ante."

The host, who also presents Britain's Got More Talent, said he's keen to bring back the "golden days" of family TV where hosts such as Bruce Forsyth on The Generation Game or Michael Barrymore on My Kind of People got to interact with the public.

"I love working with members of the public and I think you can have a lot of fun with them," he explained. "Real people are so much fun - there's no airs and graces, like with celebrities."

Stephen previously did a spin-off version of his show Big Star’s Little Star, called Big Star's Bigger Star, for the Text Santa appeal in 2015, and he's bringing it back for four episodes later this year.

He explained it was hard to get good material out of a celebrity's child so they are hoping using their parents will work better.

“It’s hilarious. I’m hoping David Walliams and Ant and Dec will sign up," he said.

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