Backchat will be glued to his goggle box on Friday evening to see his chum and Topaz Insurance boss Richard Mikula star in the Big Brother-type TV show Human Zoo.

Richard appears as one of 12 strangers who are brought together in a remote Cumbrian farmhouse which is bristling with hidden cameras.

His Machiavellian behaviour in last week's first episode has led the show's consultant psychologist to dub Richard “Dirty Dick” in honour of Big Brother's Nasty Nick.