Splash hits

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Con­tes­tants from all walks of life are hop­ing to make a splash in this daft but en­ter­tain­ing new game show hosted by Fred­die Flintoff. Tak­ing place on a spe­cial course in sunny Malta, they face a va­ri­ety of chal­lenges which all in­volve hurtling to­wards the water at great speed.

“It’s a level play­ing field,” grins Fred­die. “Any­one can come out and have a go. I think ev­ery­one will root for dif­fer­ent peo­ple – for me, it’s the un­der­dogs you want to do well, not the lads who are giv­ing it all that. You want to see them fail, to be hon­est!”

Fred­die will be joined on the show by a team of pool­side com­men­ta­tors: Frankie Bridge, Radzi Chinyan­ganya, Ryan Hand and Maya Jama – who all en­joyed get­ting to know the con­tes­tants.

“It was in­ter­est­ing – there were quite a few re­cur­ring jobs,” re­calls Frankie. “We had a lot of cheer­lead­ers, quite a few divers or swim­ming teach­ers, life­guards – and peo­ple who had al­ready tried to be on Ninja War­rior!

Some­one said this was a bit like

Ninja War­rior for un­fit peo­ple.” “We’ve had a guy who was in the Com­mon­wealth Games, we’ve had gym­nasts and pole vaulters,” adds Radzi. “But you can’t train for this! You get one crack at it, and you’ve got to get it right, and you have no idea how it is go­ing to go…”

Chal­lenges range from a 10-pin bowl­ing chal­lenge down a slip­pery slope in an in­flat­able ball, to be­ing cat­a­pulted into the air from a gi­ant in­flat­able when two-and-a-half times your weight is dropped on to it.

And while there were some awk­ward land­ings, there were thank­fully no ma­jor in­juries.

“We got a cou­ple of tweets of peo­ple’s thigh bruises,” chuck­les Maya. “You know that if you hit the water hard you’re go­ing to have a lit­tle bruise on your bum or some­thing. But it’s not any­thing that would stop you from do­ing it again!”

“There was one re­ally good en­try into the water,” adds

Ryan. “A guy was do­ing the event called Jump, and he was fly­ing through the air and it looked like he was go­ing to com­pletely bel­lyflop – and then at the last minute he turned it around and did the most spec­tac­u­lar dive ever!”

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