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CONTROVERSIAL American talk show host Jerry Springer is best known for his smash 'em shows were the guests often resort to blows and keep the bad language bleeper busy, but he returns to Blighty tonight to put some celebrities on the hot spot.

Jerry, who raves about British TV shows like This Morning With Richard And Judy, says: "I Love England. There's an excitement when the plane lands. London is an international city. I love the architecture, the culture, the way people speak and the friendliness and, apart from that, I was born here."

His new ITV show, called simply Springer, sees him playing host to film star Tony Curtis, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? presenter Chris Tarrant and Ant and Dec.

"This is the show I've always wanted to do," he says gleefully, "and being back in England to do it is a dream. It's great to be doing a very different kind of television show to the one I usually do. It offers me greater diversity being able to do comedy and interview celebrities."

THIS LIFE star Jack Davenport and the sultry Gina Bellman make their comedy debuts tonight in new BBC 2 special Coupling.

The cast also includes Smack The Pony's Sarah Alexander, Ben Miles from Wonderful You and Is It Legal? regular Kate Isitt in a tale about a couple and their crowd of best friends.

The Beeb's comedy offerings have been a bit lack lustre lately, but this comes from the pen of Press Gang and Joking Apart writer Steven Moffat so should be worth a look.

BBC 2 say: "The friends talk about sex, brain-numbing trivia, television, sex, what to do when you rule the world ... and sex."

HANKY PANKY and saucy photos seem to play a big part in Channel 4's internet show Dotcomedy, but co-host Chris Addison is unrepentant.

The stand-up comedian exclaims: "Hey, I get paid to surf. It's also tax deductible. It's called research. It's not time-wasting honest."
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Mcmullen, Marion
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 12, 2000
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