Dizzee Rascal: The new Seinfeld

You can’t help but love Dizzee Rascal: the rapper, who has been one of the key figures in the growth of black British music, consistently puts out cracking music, whether grime or pop-inflected hip-hop, and comes across as a thoroughly decent chap. However he has made some grim missteps recently, especially that god awful World Cup song he did with the unfunny James Corden, and we’re concerned that he might be about to jump the shark for good.

The writers of The InbetweenersDamon Beesley and Iain Morris – are in talks about making a sitcom with him starring as himself, which sounds like a recipe for TV disaster: unless the writing and acting is of a Seinfeld or Curb Your Enthusiasm level, we could be looking at one of the most embarrassing programmes ever committed to film. Please let’s hope this doesn’t happen.

‘Damon and Iain like the idea of making a funny show about a rapper,’ said a source to The Sun. ‘Urban artists are usually portrayed in negative or bleak circumstances but they want to do something different.

‘Dizzee is a big personality with loads of charisma and the writers think he would be the ideal subject for the show. It's just a question of whether or not he has the acting ability to pull it off.’

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