On the couch with Peter Crouch! The funny side of football...

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Stoke City's 6ft 7in striker Peter Crouch is being lined up to make his TV presenting debut later this year, in a self-titled chat show called 'On the couch with Peter Crouch'.

The announcement comes as Sky TV revealed plans for a pilot episode to be filmed, with a star studded list of guests being lined up, including former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher.

A source told The Sun: "Peter is a smart guy and takes on the role of a chat show host well. He has a long list of people who he considers heroes, in comedy, music, food, you name it.

"The idea is he will go and visit people at their homes or workplaces and chat to them in a quirky way.

"It's more Ruby Wax than Michael Parkinson as it's supposed to be more of an entertainment show."

Crouch is, of course, not the first footballer to make the transition into television away from the beautiful game, with other players, both past and present, having varied levels of success in the media spotlight.

In 2006, Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand hosted a hidden camera practical joke show filmed shortly before the World Cup in Germany that year, titled 'Rio's World Cup Wind-Ups'.

The production resembled Ashton Kutcher's American hit TV show 'Punk'd', the difference being Ferdinand picked on a number of his international teammates to play a prank on, including David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and Gary Neville.


The same year, Sky TV aired a television documentary series based on Ron Atkinson's efforts as a troubleshooter at Football League side Peterborough United.

'Big Ron Manager' as it was titled, earned the club - playing in England's fourth tier at the time of filming - £100,000 in royalties, in exchange for an 'access all areas' press pass, allowing Posh to be portrayed in all its glory!


The show was regarded as a low point in the fortunes of Peterborough United, but has also been a catalyst for the club's revival after attracting property businessman and current chairman Darragh MacAnthony, whose investment has secured two promotions to take them into the Championship.

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