It’s a Brand new start

BBC re­cruits comic ban­ished for lewd phone prank

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

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.

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