Alan Carr is returning to Channel 4 with a talk show special.

Alan Carr

Alan Carr

The 42-year-old comedian - whose 'Chatty Man' show was axed two years ago - will be back this festive season with a boozy one-off called 'So This Is Christmas'.

An insider told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre TV column: "Although this doesn't carry the 'Chatty Man' name, it's basically the same successful format in a Yuletide setting.

"Alan's Christmas specials have always proved hugely popular in the past, with viewers feeling they're actually a part [of] his festive party.

"But it might just leave one or two viewers pining for the days when he was on our screens virtually every week on Channel 4."

Alan's programme was cut by C4 in 2016 after 16 series due to a ratings decline which saw it pulling in less than half the audience of Graham Norton's BBC1 chat show.

At the time, the star said: "I just think that the art of the chat show has evolved, unless you can get the amazing guests all the time that Norton gets.

"Three guests a week and Channel 4, God love 'em, extended it to 30 episodes -- that's 90 guests who are relevant and people are interested in, up against the amazing Norton and Jonathon Ross.

"I've gone as far as I can with 'Chatty Man.' "

Last year, Alan was back on the air on Christmas Day with a lineup featuring Noel Gallagher, Christian Slater, Giles Wood, Mary Killen, Lorraine Kelly, Rob Beckett and John Bishop.

The guests and viewers were treated to musical performances from Dua Lipa, Adam Lambert and Kasabian.

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