After over a decade off our screens, the BBC have announced what is surely the coup of the Christmas TV season by luring Noel Edmonds back to Crinkley Bottom for a very special edition of Noel's House Party with the Julian Assange live 'Gotcha' as its centrepiece.
Edmonds revealed that it was a letter from Assange's colleagues at WikiLeaks back in 2009 that eventually persuaded him to patch up his relationship with the BBC and agree to return to the format which, apart from the last two series, was must-see viewing on Saturday nights in the nineties.
'This is the Gotcha to end all Gotchas,' smugged a grinning Noel Edmonds. 'When I got that letter from Phil [Adams] and [Wang] Dan at WikiLeaks saying they wanted to set up their stuck-up work-mate Julian [Assange], I knew we had something worthy of the old House Party. I made a few calls and before you could say 'Gunge Tank', the BBC were on board.'
Work started straight away feeding plausible, yet fake, documents and bogus diplomatic cables by the thousand to Assange's computer, sending him into stratospheric levels of self-importance, unaware that everyone else in the office was in on the joke.
'Don't get me wrong, our primary interest is in exposing oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, and we also expect to be of assistance to people of all regions who wish to reveal unethical behaviour in their governments and corporations,' explained WikiLeaks advisor Phillip Adams, 'but we also like a laugh now and again, just like anyone else.
'Julian's a good bloke and commited to the cause, but he can get a bit full of himself, so me and the boys decided to get in touch with Noel and they took it from there.'
Although BBC staff remain tight-lipped on the exact details of the Gotcha, it is thought that Mr Blobby will enter Assange's cell disguised as a guard before Assange gets gunged or something.
It is also thought that political leaders who were in on the prank, including United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and French Industry Minister Éric Besson, will be waiting in a studio nearby to share a laugh and to remind all viewers that the WikiLeaks diplomatic cables are fake. We repeat, the information WikiLeaks have is all fake.