Friday night is music night again for Evans

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PRESENTER CHRIS Evans has revealed that TV bosses asked him to bring back his hit show TFI Friday for a 20th anniversary special - but wanted him to do it a year early.

The TV and radio personality fronted five series of the Channel 4 show, which ran from 1996 to 2000.

Evans had announced on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show at the end of last month that TFI Friday could be returning to Channel 4, after being asked to host a 20th anniversary special as well as a new series in 2015.

But it emerged yesterday that TV executives had been a little quick to try to re-commission the show.

Speaking to Zoe Ball on Radio 2, Evans said: “Channel 4 have asked us to do a TFI Friday 20th anniversary show and/or run next year.

“I was completely bang up for it until I did the maths last week and had to phone them and say it’s only 19 years next year, it’s actually 20 years the year after. I think they still want to go for it and just hope no-one notices.”

The show was a huge hit for the channel though it courted controversy - notably when guests including singer Shaun Ryder swore live on air.

Evans has since returned to radio and his breakfast show on Radio 2 is the most popular in the country. The latest figures show he had an audience of 9.91m each week, the biggest recorded in the UK since the current measurement methods were launched 15 years ago.