Angus Deayton says he was happy to bare his own bottom in Swinging With The Finkels after making the mistake of using a stunt double in the past.

The actor and presenter – who stars alongside Mandy Moore and Martin Freeman in the new comedy film about a couple who decide to swing to try and save their marriage – revealed he demanded a stunt bottom in BBC comedy Nighty Night and it looked worse on screen.

Angus said: “It was my own bottom in this film. I think it’s one of those things that go hand in hand with comedy – on the whole, comedians at some stage get asked to take their kit off because it’s funny if men do it.

“Although I did insist on a body double when I did it for Nighty Night,.

“I did it because the girl was asking for a body double, so I thought why not?

“What they do if you do that is they have this whole trick of getting someone who is slightly older, chubbier and uglier than you are – just a bit so it still looks like you – in the hope that vanity kicks in and you go, ‘It’s all right, I’ll do it’.

“After Nighty Night, I think I probably learnt a lesson that it’s pointless. Everyone assumes it’s your body anyway.”

The 55-year-old former Have I Got News For You presenter is chosen by Mandy Moore’s character for a night of passion in the film.

He said: “I was Mandy Moore’s very brief bit on the side. It would have been nice if it had been longer.”

Swinging With The Finkels opens in UK cinemas on Friday, June 17