"Christmas is coming and the nation's favourite publican will be hosting the ultimate public house party. Serving up a Crimbo cocktail... no, make that a pint, (rules are rules) of festive cheer, seasonal games and fun-loving celebrity guests.
"You won't be properly warmed up for any Yuletide celebrations until you've experienced this Christmas cracker of a lock-in with The Pub Landlord."
This news marks a return to ITV for Murray, who previously hosted three series of his chat show Al Murray's Happy Hour on the channel between 2007 and 2008, and fronted a sketch show - Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder - in 2009. He also fronted two of his own specials in the long-running An Audience With... series, in 2005 and 2007, the last of which was also the last comedian-fronted edition to date.
The Pub Landlord himself says: "Christmas is back and so am I. Christmas - everyone's favourite time of year - needs a boost in these turbulent times. That's why I have stepped into the breach and offered to Make Christmas Great Again. With songs, guests, and a sack full of Christmas cheer to turbo boost the season."
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