London (BBC): Bob Mortimer has cancelled the first leg of a UK tour with comedy partner Vic Reeves after undergoing a triple heart bypass operation. Mortimer was due to take to the stage alongside Reeves in Glasgow next month as part of a 25th anniversary show. Neil Reading, spokesman for Mortimer, 56, said he needed “several weeks” to recover from the operation. Reeves said: “I’m so pleased the operation has gone well and Bob is fixed. Many thanks to the surgeon.”

Their tour, 25 Years Of Reeves And Mortimer: The Poignant Moments, was due to start on 8 November. Reading said: “Bob would like to thank his consultant and all the nursing staff at the hospital for looking after him so well.

“He now needs several weeks to fully recover, so unfortunately the first leg of the UK tour will be cancelled. “Bob very much hopes to be fit and well enough to perform the second leg in January next year.”

The tour is expected to combine elements from TV shows like Shooting Stars and Vic Reeves Big Night Out, with characters such as Man With The Stick, The Stotts and Mulligan and O’Hare.

All ticket holders for performances from 8 November to 4 December are advised to contact their point of purchase for a refund. It is hoped the January and February 2016 shows will go ahead as planned.