Co­me­dian ‘haunted by ghost of Nor­folk ter­rier’

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THIs sounds like a sketch from one of his com­edy rou­tines, but posh co­me­dian Alexan­der Arm­strong has a bizarre rev­e­la­tion. He and his wife, Han­nah, have been haunted by their dead dog. The Point­less pre­sen­ter’s Nor­folk ter­rier, Genghis, died in the sum­mer af­ter be­ing hit by a car in the drive­way of his coun­try home.

But for weeks af­ter, Arm­strong ( pic­tured) tells me he was ‘freaked out’ by hear­ing the ghostly pit­ter-pat­ter of his pet’s foot­steps.

‘For two whole weeks we were haunted by the dead dog run­ning up and down the stairs. It was very weird,’ said Arm­strong at the Bollinger Bois­dale Mu­sic Awards din­ner this week.

‘It def­i­nitely wasn’t our other dog, Dotty, be­cause she was asleep on the end of our bed. Then one day it just stopped. so I think that was his way of say­ing good­bye.’

Cam­bridge-ed­u­cated Arm­strong, 47, be­came a house­hold name when he started host­ing BBC gameshow Point­less and news quiz Have I Got News For You, and has been called the posh­est man in com­edy be­cause he can trace his fam­ily tree back to Wil­liam the Con­queror.

But he says his wife of 14 years, events or­gan­iser Han­nah, with whom he has four chil­dren, keeps his feet on the ground. ‘All I care about is my fam­ily and chil­dren. The show­busi­ness thing is wob­bly. If two of us were wob­bly, it wouldn’t work.’

An­i­mal-lov­ing Arm­strong has also re­cently started pre­sent­ing ITV’s Teach My Pet To Do That, which cel­e­brates the ‘ hid­den in­tel­lec­tual po­ten­tial’ of the na­tion’s pets, such as As­lan the minia­ture horse who was trained to an­swer the door.

De­spite his ex­tra­or­di­nary para­nor­mal abil­i­ties, sadly, poor Genghis won’t have a cameo.

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