23 February 2014 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

TV Burp made Harry Hill the king of teatime telly. Now, with the blessing of Simon Cowell, he's written an X Factor musical, I Can't Sing – and he promises it will be funny

Harry Hill is sitting in the corner of a deserted bar in the London Palladium. The sound of rehearsals for I Can't Sing!, which is billed as "The X Factor Musical", but which Hill insists "doesn't really have a hell of a lot to do with The X Factor", occasionally wafts into the room from downstairs.

For a man whose first West End musical is opening in six weeks, and is currently still in "a kind of baggy state", Hill, 49, seems remarkably calm. "I've never felt more confident about anything I've done," he nods. "Largely because I'm completely naive about it."

For one thing, he says, he has "never written anything longer than, you know, 20 minutes before". For another, »

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