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Legendary US talk show host David Letterman is returning to screens, courtesy of Netflix.

The streaming service has signed an as-yet-untitled six-part series starring Letterman. The show promises Letterman engaging in "in-depth conversations with extraordinary people, and in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humour."

Each show will be an hour long and will focus on one guest engaged in long-form conversation. It will also see Letterman exploring topics on his own away from the studio.

It will premiere next year.

"I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix," Letterman said. "Here's what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first. Thanks for watching, drive safely."

Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, added: "Just meeting David Letterman was a thrill; imagine how exciting it is for me to announce that we will be working together. David Letterman is a true television icon, and I can't wait to see him out in the wild, out from behind the desk and interviewing the people he finds most interesting. We'll have to see if he keeps the beard."

Over 33 years, Letterman hosted over 6,000 episodes of 'Late Night' and 'The Late Show'. His last episode of 'The Late Show' in 2015 drew an audience of 13.76 million people.

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