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Barrymore headlines TV festival
Michael Barrymore
Michael Barrymore is trying to revive his career
Former TV star Michael Barrymore and one-time Blue Peter presenter Richard Bacon will debate the trials and tribulations of celebrity at the Edinburgh TV Festival in August.

Barrymore has been out of the limelight since being dropped by ITV after the inquest into the death of Stuart Lubbock, found unconscious in Barrymore's swimming pool.

Bacon will talk publicly for the first time about his fall from grace after allegations of drug use led to the loss of his Blue Peter job.

He has since revived his career as a radio presenter and a host of BBC One's Top Of The Pops.

Barrymore and Bacon's TV festival event will be called Presenters Behaving Badly? - a session debating whether TV stars' private lives should affect their screen careers.

Michael Barrymore
Barrymore was one of UK TV's most successful entertainers

Their presence at the festival was officially announced during the event's programme launch in London on Tuesday.

Sara Ramsden, festival chairperson and the controller of Sky One, said: "Perhaps Michael will be asking Richard how he managed to rehabilitate his career so successfully."

The annual festival - from 22 to 24 August - is the UK's major TV event, attracting many of the industry's most influential figures as delegates and speakers.

War reporting

Keynote speakers this year will include BBC director general Greg Dyke, BSkyB chief executive Tony Ball and Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell.

Among the important topics expected to be covered will be the renewal of the BBC's royal charter, the implications of the new Communications Act, and news broadcasting in the light of the coverage of the war in Iraq.

In particular, the rights and wrongs of the war coverage across the industry will be scrutinised in a session chaired by Rageh Omaar, one of the BBC's main Iraq correspondents.

Also on the festival programme will be Rod Liddle, the former editor of Radio 4's Today programme, who will talk about political correctness in television.

The festival programme will also include many more light-hearted and relaxing sessions.

This year, there will be a masterclass on how to revive a flagging soap opera, with special guest Brian Capron - aka Coronation Street's Richard Hillman.

There will also be several sneak previews of upcoming TV shows, including a BBC dramatisation of The Canterbury Tales and Five's At Home with the Eubanks - a look into the life of the former boxer turned TV star.

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