Michael Barrymore has been tipped to make a major return to telly screens in 2020 as he dons his skates for Dancing On Ice.

The comedian's career was thrown into jeopardy way back in 2001 after Stuart Lubbock died in his swimming pool during a party.

It seems that he might have to wait even longer to make his comeback though, as a a broken bone in his hand might scupper his chances of competing at all.

He hasn't made a major TV appearance since the 2006 series of CelebrityBig Brother .

The 67 year old incurred the injury when rehearsing on the ice, with a source telling The Sun that it's "looking pretty bleak."

They added: "The recovery time for a broken bone will mean it will be almost impossible for him to compete.

"Michael is absolutely gutted - he thought this would be his big chance to kick-start a TV revival."

Michael's hopes of a TV comeback may have been hurt
He injured his hand on the ice

Pro partner Alex Murphy will no doubt be upset too, considering her gushing praise for the funnyman.

"He is so on-time and perfect," she said.

The show's judges have previously expressed concern over Michael donning skates at his age - he's the oldest ever male contestant.

Michael apologised for Stuart's death on Piers Morgan's show

Read More

Showbiz editor's picks

Judge Jayne Torvill said: "He's the oldest male we've ever had on the show. He's got a challenge there."

Another, Christopher Dean, saw Michael take to the ice, scolding: "It was tentative. There's no magic to this. You've got to put the time in, and get the balance and get the confidence more than anything."

Despite his harsh words, Christopher revealed it'll be good to see Michael make the comeback he wants.

"We're excited about Michael being back," he continued, "I think he's ready to get back on TV. It was a pleasure to meet him, a treat to meet him."

Michael himself has said that it felt like the right time to do a big TV project - especially after he apologised for Stuart's death on Piers Morgan's Life Stories.

Michael said: "Since Life Stories went out, I feel like it is the right time and right place but it is not for me to decide.

"I can't give myself work."