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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 August, 2003, 09:48 GMT 10:48 UK
Vaughan chat show switch
Johnny Vaughan
Johnny Vaughan started out on the Big Breakfast
Johnny Vaughan's much-heralded daily chat show is being moved to a weekend slot as the presenter works on new ideas for the show.

Vaughan's nightly show was seen as one of the flagship programmes for digital channel BBC Three when it launched in February.

In revealing its autumn schedule, the station's controller Stuart Murphy said Vaughan was working on a new format for a live show, which could be broadcast from different locations around the UK.

"We might continue to do this new show instead of the chat show," said Mr Murphy.

"The new show is still being developed. It's live, where I think Johnny is strongest."

A BBC spokesman said the chat show would be returning for a third series and Vaughan was working on a host of ideas its new weekend slot

Vaughan made his name on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast, quickly rising to become one of the country's best-loved presenters.

He joined the BBC in 2001 in a reported 2m deal, and this year re-signed a one-year contract.

Stuart Murphy
Stuart Murphy is controller of BBC Three
"Johnny is an incredible talent. He felt and we felt that BBC Three is a real opportunity to try something different, which he can't do anywhere else," Mr Murphy said.


Since joining the BBC, Vaughan has written and starred in his own sitcom called 'Orrible, which was generally regarded as a flop.

Another show which is unlikely to be returning to BBC Three is This is Dom Joly.

Mr Murphy said Joly was too busy working on projects for BBC One and Two and that the show had run its course.

"I don't know what else he'd do with that character," Mr Murphy added.

But Steve Coogan will be bringing back his characters Paul and Pauline Calf for a series on BBC Three, but said it would not be for a while because he also was so busy.

He has been filming the big screen adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days in which he stars as adventurer Phileas Fogg.

Coogan also revealed that he had not killed off the character of Alan Partridge, saying that although there would not be another series he would return for specials.

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