Norfolk cage fighter to appear on comedy TV show

A Norfolk cage fighter is set to appear on a BBC comedy show this weekend.

Iain Mantell, 21, will be on the new series of John Bishop's Britain on Saturday answering questions.

Mr Mantell, from High Street, Marsham, said: 'We filmed it a few months ago at a gym in Cambridge. I sometimes train at the gym because we have a cage there. It was such a laugh, it was good fun to film.

'It is a comedy show when John Bishop talks about subjects and he passes the topic to 10 or 15 people.

'They asked my opinion on things such as do I like shopping with girls and train spotting.

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'It's going to turn out to be so funny.'

The programme is presented by Liverpudlian comic John Bishop, who discusses topics with sketches and real-life stories from celebrity guests and the public.

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The theme of the episode, which is the first in the second series, is music and fashion and Mr Mantell was ask to comment on style and dress sense.

He is no stranger to the cameras as he enjoyed success last year after an appearance on ITV's Take Me Out.

Speaking about the show, he said: 'It have given me opportunities like fighting on Sky Sports. It has propelled me into the spotlight and I am grateful for it.'

He will take part in his second professional fight on August 6 at Troxy in East London. Alex Reid, Katie Price's former husband, will fight in the main event.

'It is the first pay per view mixed martial arts event in history,' said Mr Mantell.

Mr Mantell, who is also a fitness coach, trains in gyms around Norwich and has been coached by local boxing heavyweight Sam Sexton.

'I get nervous, I have moments – but I get a lot of support from Norwich,' he said.

John Bishop's Britain will be shown on BBC One on Saturday at 9.10pm.

Are you going to be on a national TV programme? Contact reporter Lucy Wright on 01603 772495 or email

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