It’s a Brand new start
BBC recruits comic banished for lewd phone prank
OMEDIAN Russell Brand is set to return to the BBC to film a documentary about addiction. It comes four years after he left the British network following the notorious phone prank on TV star Andrew Sachs.
The controversial comedian quit his BBC radio show in 2008 after he and fellow UK broadcaster Jonathan Ross were heavily criticised for leaving ‘‘grossly offensive’’ messages on Sachs’ answering machine during a live broadcast. During the broadcast the pair discussed Brand’s fling with the 80-year-old’s granddaughter Georgina Baillie.
Now, however, the Forgetting Sarah Marshall star is set to return to the network to work on a new show, which will explore issues regarding alcohol and drug addictions.
‘‘We are working with Russell on a program about addiction in the UK but it’s currently only in its early stages,’’ a BBC spokesman says.
Brand is all too familiar with addiction issues – the former hellraiser previously suffered from alcohol, sex and drug addiction before turning his life around.