Joe Lycett admits hoax on Channel 4 show

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Friday's (April 12) episode of Late Night Lycett saw host Joe Lycett admit to planting fake new stories.

The comedian took to Instagram ahead of the show's return to confirm that he'd been behind a number of stories circulating in the media over the last month, and asked fans to guess the headlines he'd been behind.

"Can you spot the stories I've been seeding in the press? Multiple silly stories have been in the news over the last month, and they were all coordinated by me," he wrote.

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Lycett revealed all on tonight's season two premiere episode, confirming that he was behind a recent news story where someone shared a bruise on their leg in the shape of Prince Harry's face.

The presenter was also the mastermind behind the story of a new street painting in Birmingham which was believed to be the work of Banksy, as well as a statue of Steps star Ian "H" Watkins being built in his hometown of Cowbridge.

The episode also featured appearances from former EastEnders star Danny Dyer, Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway, TV chef Big Zuu and Celebrity Big Brother winner David Potts.

Late Night Lycett premiered on Channel 4 in March last year, with a second season confirmed last summer.

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Upon the show's renewal, Lycett said: "The first series of Late Night Lycett was the most fun I've ever had making TV.

"From Paul Chuckle destroying my local corner shop to Katherine Ryan being trapped on a floating barge, the whole thing feels like a crazed fever dream. I can't wait to go bigger and wilder in series two."

Tom Beck, head of live events and commissioning editor for entertainment at Channel 4, added: "The first series overflowed with creative joy, balanced with real heart; it was also really bloody funny. I can't wait to bring it back."

Late Night Lycett airs and streams on Friday nights at 10pm on Channel 4.

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