Broadcaster Rylan Clark has joked about buying the Isle of Wight-based bus, used in the 1997 Spice Girls movie, and driving it to Essex.

The Union flag-emblazoned double decker is currently parked at Island Harbour, near Newport, where it has been functioning as an Air B and B (CLICK HERE to see it!).

Yesterday morning (Thursday), speaking to stand-in BBC Radio 2 breakfast show host, Vernon Kay, Rylan described himself as a transport-obsessed geek.

He has built an underground station at his house, as well as a bus stop, and revealed he has not only tried to buy an ex Island Line tube train, but also the bus.

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Isle of Wight County Press: Rylan's Instagram story.Rylan's Instagram story. (Image: Instagram.)

Rylan explained he had previously tried to acquire it and even spent money renovating it.

He said: "I was trying to buy the Spice Bus...the actual spice bus from the film.

"Long story short, I paid to have it done up for a museum, in this big Spice Girls exhibition. You get a little plaque and I thought how amazing, what a moment!

"Next thing I know, it has been sold to a company on the Isle of Wight.

"I’m like, 'woah, woah, woah, I would have had this for my bus stop!' 

"I rang Geri [Halliwell] up. She had no clue what was going on!"

Then, in a recent recording session on the Isle of Wight, Rylan took his chance to try to snap up a retired former Isle of Wight train carriage, but also to hunt down the Spice Bus, which featured in Spice World.

He then discovered the company that runs Island Harbour, and owns the bus, has now gone into administration - raising an exciting opportunity.

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Rylan said: "Awful for the company, however that bus, I have heard, is still driveable and I would definitely do a Meatloaf and drive from the Isle of Wight to Essex!" 

Vernon took the idea one step further, pitching the idea of a TV show - complete with Spice Girls tributes, to entertain on the journey.

Rylan joked: "What do you mean tributes? I’ll get the actual girls. How dare you!  

"I could have the girls from Drag Race, I would be well up for it."  

Like a Carry On Spice? movie, Vernon asked, prompting Ryde to promise him a hosting role and half the idea's copyright.

We wait with bated breath - and we're first in line for a ticket!