Flack: Michael Barrymore leaves longstanding agent

Michael Barrymore has left his longstanding agent and hired new management, Flack can reveal.

The troubled TV star parted company with Seamus Lyte last month following a string of disagreements, a mole tells us. He is now represented by agent Mark Hurry and Jon Kirk, the boss of PR firm Palamedes. Most shockingly, Flack hears that the two have grand plans to get Bazza back on the telly 'where he belongs'. Don't say we didn't warn you ... There was paralysis at the heart of the government comms machine this week as the PM's spokesman fell ill - with his deputy on holiday. 'Dear members of the lobby,' read a sheepish email from Number 10. 'With many apologies for the short notice, owing to Steve Field being unwell and Vickie Sheriff being on annual leave, we are unable to hold a lobby briefing this morning. We will do our very best to hold a briefing later this week, provided Steve is back in shape, and there is appetite for one among members of the lobby.' Finally, broadcast specialist agency TVC treated two of this publication's hacks to a lesson in pizza making with celeb chef Giancarlo Caldesi at his Italian cookery school in Marylebone. Unfortunately, some of the agency's top brass weren't paying attention in class. Commercial director Adam Clyne got a ticking off for an effort that did not even remotely resemble a circle. Dough!

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