Chris Evans to host new series of TFI Friday in addition to Top Gear

The Radio DJ said he would bring back the Nineties talk show for an eight episode run before Christmas

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New Top Gear host Chris Evans is bringing back his old show TFI Friday for a new series after a successful anniversary special earlier this month.

Evans, who also hosts the breakfast show on Radio 2, told fans the show was “coming back for a short but perfectly formed run of eight shows pre-Christmas”.

The broadcaster, recently named as Jeremy Clarkson's successor on Top Gear, scored a huge hit in the 1990s with the original TFI Friday.

The show, which included segments such as Ugly Bloke and Freak or Unique?, returned to Channel 4 for a live special with guests including Evans's old sidekick Will Macdonald.

It recalled its heyday almost 20 years ago with a line-up of with guests including Shaun Ryder, who famously swore on teatime television while performing and prevented the programme from being broadcast live again.

Channel 4 boss Jay Hunt said confirming the new series was “a no-brainer” after the success of the special episode.

Evans added: “Oh my goodness, are we really going to get to do this again? Looks like it - and leading into Christmas too.

"I might actually spontaneously explode on live television due to over excited-ness. Does that still count as unpredictable cos I've said it now?"

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