Harry Hill has confirmed that he’s working on a film – a surreal take on the road movie.
The chance to move to the big screen was one of the reasons cited for his reason for quitting TV Burp.
He said: ‘It’s partly a road trip, with a sick hamster and some badgers involved, plus some songs and guest appearances — the kind of thing I always do, but a bit longer and wider.
‘I saw Pee-wee’s Big Adventure recently, and I thought yes, there’s something to aspire to.’
Before that he is to tour in the spring, and is working on an X-Factor musical with the ITV talent show’s supreme Simon Cowell, which is expected to open in the West End in autumn 2013.
He says it will be an affectionate mocking of the hit series – perhaps no surprise considering Cowell’s involvement, explaining: ‘It’s like a TV Burp treatment, a celebration/piss-take, to get the lovers and haters in.
‘It’s not caustic, like Jerry Springer: The Opera. That would be quite an easy route to take, but we want it to be funny above everything.’
But he said he was in no rush to return to TV following the grueling but successful TV Burp, saying: ‘Following TV Burp is a bit like following Dark Side of the Moon. It’s got to be really, really good.’
However, he has made a one-off special, reuniting the cast of his original Channel 4 series, which will air on August 23.