The 75-year-old, who was a star of cult British series The Goodies, is an avid bird watcher and one of the famous faces who travelled to India to film the second series of the show, based on the 2011 movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

As part of the series, Bill wanted to capture some of the wildlife in the city of Kochi, so he got out his painting equipment and started work. However, things nearly went horribly wrong when Bill ended up drinking some turpentine the waiter had delivered to wash his brushes - thinking it was water.

"I nearly killed myself after that painting thing," he recalled to the Daily Mirror newspaper. "At the beginning of the evening one of the guys knocked on the door and put what I thought was a glass of water by my bed, but it was turps and I was drinking it. It could have killed me."

However, Bill was quick to realise there was something wrong with the 'water', and stopped drinking it.

"It was pretty horrifying that he thought the turps was water but thankfully Bill realised in time," a show insider told the publication.

The Real Marigold Hotel returns to TV screens in the U.K. on Wednesday night (15Feb17), and Oddie will be joined by actors Paul Nicholas and Amanda Barrie and singer Sheila Ferguson.