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Before he coined the catchphrase "No likey, no lighty" as the host of ITV dating show Take Me Out, Paddy McGuinness was already a household name to millions of comedy fans across the country.

Starring alongside childhood pal Peter Kay, the Top Gear host first appeared on our screens back in 2001 as Bolton-born bouncer Paddy O'Shea in the much-loved comedy, Phoenix Nights.

The Channel 4 show quickly became a cult classic after just two series and Paddy's character was so popular, a spin-off revolving around his character and Peter's was released in 2004, Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere.

Despite his breakout role still being quoted and loved by fans two decades on, not quite everyone has managed to catch Paddy' s appearance in the series – including his wife Christine McGuinness.

The mum-of-three made the confession in the comments of a viral meme.
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Commenting on a viral meme on Instagram using a clip of her husband appearing in the iconic show, the mum-of-three confessed that after "14 years with Patrick" she still hadn't got round to watching him as his most famous comedy character.

"I should definitely watch this one day!" The Real Housewives of Cheshire star wrote.

"14 years with Patrick and I've never watched #MaxAndPaddy" she added, finishing her comment with a red love heart emoji.

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The account behind the meme, Scouse Ma commented "omg!!" in reply to her admission and other fans were taken aback with the confession too.

"Stop! You have to!," one Instagram user wrote, while one fan urged Christine to watch it, saying: "Oh my days! Get series 1 and 2 now!!"

"You should, it's brilliant. It will go down in history like Only Fools & Horses," another added.

Christine has been married to the comic since 2011.

Phoenix Nights won the People's Choice Award at the British Comedy Awards in 2002 and is widely regarded as one of Britain's greatest sitcoms of all time.

Written by Neil Fitzmaurice, Peter Kay and Dave Spikey, Paddy would go on to provide additional material while filming the two series between 2001 and 2002.

Earlier this year, the TV presenter joked about his pay on the Channel 4 show as he broke into showbiz while juggling other jobs.

Speaking to Bush & Richie on Absolute Radio, the 47-year-old was defending older men buying lavish cars as they age when his Phoenix Nights ' wage was mentioned.

Paddy first appeared on our screens in the classic Peter Kay comedy Phoenix Nights.

"I do think men get a bit of a hard time about getting themselves a nice car when they're in their 30s and 40s.," the Top Gear presenter said.

"But it’s because that's the only time you can bloody afford one, you know you can’t get anything decent in your twenties," he said.

"Well I couldn’t anyhow working in a leisure centre and on Phoenix Nights. And I earned more money in the leisure centre back then," he joked.

The TV personality tied the knot with Christine in June 2011 and the happy couple are parents to three children; twins Penelope and Leo, born in 2013 and daughter Felicity who they welcomed to the world in 2016.

Chatting with talk show host Jonathan Ross, Paddy once described fatherhood as "the most fantastic thing ever".