Brand set for BBC return

Russell Brand is eagerly mending bridges at the BBC in the hopes of presenting a new documentary for the Corporation. The comedian is hoping that he can put the Andrew Sachs debacle behind him.

There are plenty of critics who will be quick to condemn any public money being spent on Brand after he left the BBC in disgrace for making offensive calls to the veteran actor. He still has some supporters at the BBC though, and, there is a distinct possibility that Brand will be offered the job, especially if, as reported, he waives the fee.

A BBC spokesperson said: "We are working with Russell on a programme about addiction in the UK but it's currently only in its early stages." The BBC received huge volumes of criticism over the Sachsgate affair in which Brand made prank phone calls on Jonathon Ross’s radio show. Both Brand and Ross subsequently left the BBC.

Brand has some experience of addiction himself. Apart from his chronic addiction to attention, he has also spent some time in rehab. Writing about his experiences he said, "We need to review the way society treats addicts. We need to look at the way our government funds rehabilitation. It is cheaper to rehabilitate an addict than to send them to prison, so criminalisation doesn't even make economic sense."

Brand has been pursuing a career in Hollywood to diminishing returns, usually playing a variation on his own personality, ie an annoying British narcissist with a look that owes everything to Johnny Depp in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

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