A career gamble

Comic wins TV betting job

Comic Cole Parker has landed a new series on Challenge TV.

But the downside is that he will have to win his fee for presenting The Play by taking part in a series of "dubious gambling venues around the world".

Filming begins in early April and is due to be shown later this year.

Cole, who turned to acting and stand-up after “an upbringing of holiday camps, pub gardens, casual violence and school plays” has previously presented a  show on BBC digital radio station 6 Music.


Published: 16 Jan 2005

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