The BBC today announced that comedian Graham Norton has renewed his exclusive contract with the corporation for another three years.

Norton, who joined the BBC in 2004, has been the face of a string of hits for BBC1, including How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? and Strictly Dance Fever.

He said: “I’m thrilled to be signing with the BBC for another three years – I can’t imagine working anywhere else.”

The Bigger Picture, Norton’s hit-and-miss talk show, will return for a third series.

His contract means his television appearances are limited to the BBC, but he has undertaken a series of other projects, among them the eagerly awaited US comedy Another Gay Movie.

Norton stars as a European exchange teacher in the film, described as a gay version of American Pie. It is due to be released in the UK later in the year.