Seeking Mr Nasty

Agent approached over Norton talent show

Comedy agent Addison Cresswell has reportedly been approached to be the ‘Mr Nasty’ of yet another new TV talent show.

The notoriously aggressive Cresswell was approached by producers of a planned new Graham Norton primetime show for BBC One, provisionally titled Saturday Showdown.

And, bizarrely, Cresswell asked Richard Allen-Turner of rival agency Avalon to negotiate on his behalf.

‘I said why not, just for a laugh,’ Allen-Turner told MediaGuardian. "I think Addison thought it was just a bit of fun, but part of him is probably a bit intrigued as well.’

‘It is actually quite a sensitive situation. He does a lot of business with the BBC and probably feels a bit awkward because he wouldn't want to do anything to jeopardise that relationship. It will be interesting to see what happens.’

Creswell reportedly made a huge list of demands – though quite how many the BBC would be prepared to concede remains to be seen.

The list includes a £1,000-a-show costume budget, veto over the other judges and all the contestants, script approval, a star dressing room including personal make-up and a dedicated driver with Mercedes and car parking space in the middle of TV Centre.

In an email to the forthright Cresswell one of the BBC producers said: ‘I'm convinced you could be a riot… We want your succinct opinion (pre and post watershed!) about [the contestants’] abilities.’

Cresswell who runs the Off The Kerb agency, representing Jack Dee, Lee Evans and Dara O’Briain, was recently in the news for brokering Jonathan Ross's £18million three-year deal with the BBC. While Avalon represents the likes of Harry Hill and Al Murray.

Published: 21 Dec 2006

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