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Monday, 21 August, 2000, 16:06 GMT 17:06 UK
Chegwin's naked profit
Keith Chegwin
Chegwin has refused numerous requests to repeat Naked Jungle
TV presenter Keith Chegwin has struck a deal to keep a share of the profits from video versions of his notorious one-off nude Channel 5 game show Naked Jungle.

The show, which saw a nude Chegwin acting as referee to two teams of naked contestants, caused controversy when it went out as part of a naturism week in June.

It led Culture Secretary Chris Smith to question the quality of British TV, with Chegwin himself subjected to ridicule in the UK press.


I enjoyed doing it, it was a bit of a giggle and people took it that way, but I'm sure there will be others to follow me

Keith Chegwin

Now, as the video of the show goes on sale, Chegwin, 46, is having the last laugh by taking a "healthy percentage" of the profits.

Despite Naked Jungle being widely dismissed at the time as cheap titillation, Chegwin is repeatedly asked for permission to show the clips again.

All requests have been refused and Chegwin now says that buying the video is the only way people can see a repeat performance.

"They can't show it on TV without my permission. We've had BBC One, Channel 4 and ITV asking if they can show but I've said 'no' because the joke's been done now and that's it," said Chegwin.

"You don't bring Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer back on to do the same joke every week," he added.

Reaction

Chegwin has a regular spot on Channel 5's contemporary version of the BBC's 1970s game show It's A Knockout.

But despite his have-a-go spirit, Chegwin said he had no plans to take the plunge to appear in the altogether on TV again.

"It's a one-off. I enjoyed doing it, it was a bit of a giggle and people took it that way, but I'm sure there will be others to follow me," he said.

Like It's A Knockout, Naked Jungle demanded a lot of energy and agility from its contestants - as well as courage.

Chegwin - himself in nothing more than a pith helmet - led male and female contestants through a series of demanding puzzles in a jungle environment.

Games included tests such as the Pool of Death and Waterfall of Venus. Nothing was left to the imagination as contestants swung and abseiled their way through the set.

The show sparked a debate in the Commons and several calls of complaint to Channel 5.

However, the Independent Television Commission received only one angry call from a member of the public.

The show also earned Channel 5 one of its highest number of viewers for an entertainment programme this year.

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