BBC and ITV at warfare over Bradley Walsh, the ‘new Brucie’ – as TV star spends 28hrs on TV over 21 days
If you get the sensation that Bradley Walsh is wanting again at you each time you turn on the tv, you’re in all probability proper.
The actor-turned-presenter – hailed by some as ‘the subsequent Bruce Forsyth’ – is essentially the most in-demand man on the field, clocking up nearly 28 hours on our screens up to now 21 days.
Now The Mail on Sunday can reveal that the 60-year-old, who’s reportedly price £11.5 million, is on the centre of a bitter warfare between the BBC and ITV, which each need him to themselves.
The Chase star Bradley Walsh is on the centre of a bidding warfare between ITV and BBC
Bradley, pictured on Blankety Clean, has been on TV for 28 hours over the previous 21 days
Sources near the star say that he gained’t signal any golden handcuffs offers but and is having fun with having the ability to decide and select what he seems on – whether or not it’s as a presenter, actor or on documentaries.
In what’s seen as a coup for ITV, Walsh will star in a remake of the drama The Darling Buds Of Could later this 12 months. He’ll play Pop Larkin, the character portrayed by David Jason within the unique Nineties sequence.
Nevertheless, it’s also understood that he’ll entrance a brand new sequence of the BBC sport present Blankety Clean after the Christmas pilot episode grew to become the third most watched present of the day, attracting 5.3 million viewers. That is thought to be a win for the Beeb.
One supply revealed: ‘There are some excessive up on the BBC who see him as the subsequent Bruce Forsyth. Bradley is the person they need to current their Saturday evening prime-time reveals.
‘He’s holding the playing cards. He’s a rankings winner, so can have the decide of no matter work he needs. It has turn out to be a contest now: who can land Bradley?’
Over the festive interval, the presenter/actor clocked up a complete of 27 hours, 33 minutes and 30 seconds on our screens, throughout all networks, between December 20 and yesterday.
Of these, 23 hours have been of Walsh internet hosting ITV quiz present The Chase or one in every of its spin-offs, such because the movie star particular, its ‘bloopers’ episode and Beat The Chasers, which aired from Monday to Friday final week.
On Christmas Eve, Bradley appeared on the Jonathan Ross present together with his son Barney on ITV 1
Bradley and Barney, pictured, have been additionally on ITV’s This Morning on January 4
Bradley, pictured left, has additionally acted on the set of the lengthy working BBC sci-fi present Dr Who
He additionally hosted a one-hour ITV programme referred to as Bradley Walsh’s How To Win A Gameshow on December 20. On Christmas Day, he headed the BBC’s Blankety Clean for 40 minutes the place he stepped into the sneakers of the late TV legends Terry Wogan and Les Dawson.
And on New Yr’s Eve, Walsh starred in his closing outing because the Physician’s sidekick Graham O’Brien in Physician Who on BBC1. Two hours earlier, ITV viewers noticed him entrance The Chase.
Walsh, who’s married to actress Donna Derby, additionally has a present on ITV referred to as Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad together with his son Barney, 21. A brand new sequence begins tomorrow after it was cancelled final Monday to make means for the Prime Minister’s tackle to the nation. To advertise all of those reveals, he spent one hour on ITV’s Jonathan Ross Christmas particular, and an additional eight minutes and 30 seconds speaking to Phillip Schofield on This Morning, additionally on ITV.
Walsh has additionally beforehand starred on Coronation Road and Regulation & Order: UK.
Earlier than switching to showbusiness, he was an expert footballer, having performed for each Brentford and Barnet.
Walsh can also be a gifted musician. He has launched two albums: one in every of them, Chasing Goals, was the best-selling debut recording by a British artist in 2016, beating former One Path celebrity Zayn Malik.
On December 30, Bradley and Barney, pictured, appeared on a present Breaking Dad on ITV
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