FATHER Ted co-creator Graham Linehan has said he will consider legal action if a decision to cancel a comedy show he was scheduled to appear in at the Edinburgh Fringe was not reversed.

On Tuesday evening, Leith Arches announced on Instagram that it was to cancel a Comedy Unleashed show on Thursday evening after learning that Linehan would be the “special guest”.

The venue claimed it did not know he would be appearing beforehand.

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Linehan is known for his outspoken views on trans rights and campaigned against the Gender Recognition Reform Act.

Earlier this year, he tweeted that gender identity was a "paedophilic movement" and claimed that "almost every central trans figure is a nonce".

Speaking to TalkTV’s Julia Hartley-Brewer on Wednesday morning, Linehan said: “It was cancelled within a couple of hours. So I had two hours of excitement and fans saying they were going to go.

“It was a sell-out. But you do get used to this kind of thing after a while.

“It never really makes you feel good.

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“The only good thing about it is that it’s drawing more attention to the fact that, essentially, a group of highly ideological cultists have taken over institutions across society.

“If they apologise and put the gig on, I’ll say no more about it but otherwise, I’ll be looking at legal action.”

Leith Arches posted the cancellation announcement on Instagram on Tuesday, saying: “We would like to thank members of the public and our community for bringing to our attention a comedy act billed to perform at our venue this Thursday.

“We were not made aware of the line-up of this show in advance.

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“We have made the decision to cancel this show, as we are an inclusive venue and this does not align with our overall values.”

Earlier this year, SNP MP Joanna Cherry threatened to sue The Stand comedy club after it cancelled the Edinburgh Festival Fringe show she was set to appear in because of her views on trans rights.

The club subsequently apologised and reversed the decision, putting in place heightened security measures at the show last week.