British Comedy Awards organisers have invited Russell Brand to join host Jonathan Ross on-stage as the show goes out live on TV.

The ceremony, taking place this Saturday, will be the first time the pair have appeared together since the Sachsgate scandal, which saw Jonathan suspended from the BBC.

According to The Sun, organisers are putting the two together to stir up controversy ahead of the show’s first screening on Channel 4 since moving from ITV.

An insider said: “We’re dying for some fireworks for the inaugural event – and what better way than by putting Wossy and Russell together live?

“They’ve never really addressed the Sachsgate row together so we’re hoping they may make a few cheeky references to it on the show.

“We’ll be standing by with the bleeper in case it gets too debauched, but the show is going out after the watershed so we’re not going to turn it into Watch With Mother.”

Jonathan is reprising his hosting role as he has done every year since 1991 with the exception of 2008 following the scandal at the time.

Russell will join him on stage to hand out a gong or ‘do some impromptu jokes’.

The British Comedy Awards screens on Saturday, 22 January at 9pm.