DAVID WALLIAMS has had to eat his words.
The Britain’s Got Talent judge told how he was forced to eat a rat burger — also the name of his hit kids’ book — after revealing he is taking part in an episode of Bear Grylls’ Mission With on ITV, out next year.
David said: “Bear made me eat a rat. He cooked it first but I would not recommend it. He is saying, ‘Oh it is delicious, it’s wonderful’.
“I am like, ‘It is not’. There is a reason why we don’t eat rats.
“There is quite a pooey after-taste. So I have kind of got my just desserts writing a story about Ratburgers and now I have had to eat one.”
David came up with the idea for his book, about a man who makes burgers from rodents, after being grossed out by a Britain’s Got Talent contestant who came on stage and ate live cockroaches.
His involvement with the ITV documentary – which featured Gareth Southgate – comes after model ex-wife Lara Stone banned him from rock climbing with Bear in 2012. At the time, David said: “Just after the Thames swim we went to New York.
“Lara had to go for fashion week, and I wanted to get away. I’d had so much attention.
“I’m friends with Bear and he was there too.
“It was only scaling a rock face, but Lara got really upset and said no.”
This show sounds like the ultimate lads’ weekend away.
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Danny’s bauble ‘n’ squeak
NOBODY could ever accuse Danny Dyer of not being brave – as proved by this shot of him dressed as a Christmas bauble.
He dons the get-up for Nativity! The Musical, starring at Hammersmith Eventim Apollo alongside his Love Island star daughter Dani.
It caps off a year in which he unleashed that Brexit tirade against David Cameron, branding the former PM a “t**t”.
Which is probably why the no-nonsense EastEnders star has also been bagged by Channel 4 to give their alternative Christmas message. In his speech, to air on December 25 at 3.50pm, Danny will reflect on a “pretty full-on” year and a government lacking leadership as we prepare to leave the EU.
He will say: “That shambles down in Westminster, what a palava that is. I mean, where are our leaders? Where are they? There’s been more backstabbing than we have in Albert Square.”
Sounds like he’ll get plenty of viewers – especially if he wears that bauble costume again.
VIEWERS PIC-ASSO 20th CENTURY ICON
THE Beeb has a line-up of famous faces fronting a new TV show searching for the 20th Century’s greatest figures.
Presenters of BBC2’s Icons, which starts on January 8, include movie star Kathleen Turner, model Lily Cole and Sir Trevor McDonald.
Other hosts are X Factor’s Dermot O’Leary, naturalist Chris Packham, actor Sanjeev Bhaskar and sports presenter Clare Balding. They will each outline the contribution of pioneers in leadership, exploration, science, entertainment, activism, sports and the arts.
The shortlist of 28 ranges from Pablo Picasso and Nelson Mandela to Marilyn Monroe and Muhammad Ali.
The seven-parter will see them ask the public to vote for the greatest icon, with the overall winner unveiled in a live grand final in February.
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It’s ooh aah Mrs Brown
MRS Brown’s Boys boss Brendan O’Carroll has made this year’s Christmas Day special as risqué as ever.
On at 10.15pm, it sees Agnes get an internet “personal assistant” similar to Google’s Alexa. But hers is called Maggie – which she pronounces “Ma’Gee”.
Brendan said: “In Ireland ‘Gee’ is a derogatory term for a lady’s parts. So when Mrs Brown says: ‘I’ll just ask Ma’Gee’, Irish fans will gasp.”
Neither has he toned down the New Year’s Day edition, at 10pm. Brendan adds his grand- son Blake to a cast already packed with his family. The eight-year-old plays Blister, the long-lost son of Buster, played by Brendan’s real-life son Danny O’Carroll.
Brendan said: “Since he was two, Blake’s said: ‘Gran-dad, when can I be on the show?’ But he said: ‘I just don’t want to walk on and walk off’ – in the end he got a couple of words.”
At least they weren’t swear words.
WHAT? Not Going Out Christmas Special, BBC1, 9pm
WHY? Lee Mack’s sitcom is always madcap, but tonight’s festive-themed instalment has potential for even more mayhem as it is live.
In EMMERDALE a decision leaves Maya simmering, Bob finds himself suffering a setback, and a frustrated Kerry decides to take action.
In CORONATION STREET Tim looks towards a future without Sally, and Gemma grows suspicious of tension between Johnny and Jenny.
Meanwhile, Eileen gets caught between Seb and Abi, who then needs to be protected from a fellow prisoner by Sally. And Gina takes advantage of Tim’s Christmas spirit.
In EASTENDERS Linda attempts to put everything that has happened behind her, although Mick has only one thing on his mind – revenge.
Elsewhere, Kim and Karen try to outdo each other as they compete for the solo spot in the choir.
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