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Five signs Dennis for quiz show
Les Dennis
Dennis parodied his life in an episode of Extras by Ricky Gervais
Former Family Fortunes host Les Dennis is returning to primetime television as the presenter of a quiz show on Five.

The comedian's programme, Speculation, is described as "a hugely psychological game of nerve, strategy and luck" and "fiendishly fun" by its producers.

Players must search for money on a grid at the same time as avoiding penalties and trying to trick their opponents.

Dennis, 51, was runner-up in Celebrity Big Brother in 2002 but has had a relatively low profile on TV since.

He appeared in an episode of the BBC comedy series Extras with Ricky Gervais last year, which he described as "one of the most joyous working experiences" of his career.

He played an actor who was reduced to the role of Aladdin in a pantomime, and he appeared naked in one memorable scene, with Gervais desperately trying to shield his eyes.

High-profile divorce

Dennis revealed he was "thrilled" to be working on Speculation.

"I said I'd only do another quiz show if the right one came along - and this is it," he added.

Les Dennis
Dennis has appeared in Brookside, The Bill, Doctors and Casualty
Dennis presented popular ITV programme Family Fortunes for almost 15 years but left in 2002 to focus on acting.

He also made the headlines when he divorced his wife Amanda Holden three years ago.

And his appearance on Channel 4's celebrity version of Big Brother generated controversy.

Dennis appeared to be under a great deal of strain during the nomination and eviction process, although his agent denied he was "cracking up".

He eventually came second behind Take That star Mark Owen.


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