A new set of celebri­ties are tak­ing a leap of faith

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR TV WEEK -

As the tem­per­a­ture drops and we wish away the cold months, more than ready for our an­nual trip to sun­nier climes, there is one good thing to come out of a mis­er­able, bleak Fe­bru­ary – the re­turn of The Jump, Sun­day, Chan­nel 4, 7pm, and the lovely Dav­ina McCall with it.

Ru­mours have been cir­cu­lat­ing for a while now about which celebri­ties would be brave enough to tackle the slopes in an at­tempt to take the Cow­bell Trophy from last year’s win­ner for­mer X Fac­tor win­ner Joe McElderry, but the 16 brave souls have now been con­firmed.

They are Ash­ley Roberts, Chloe Made­ley, Dom Parker, Heather Mills, JB Gill, Jodie Kidd, Joey Es­sex, Jon-Al­lan But­ter­worth, Lady Vic­to­ria Her­vey, Louie Spence, Louise Hazel, Louise Thomp­son, Mike Tin­dall, Phil Tufnell, Stacey Solomon and Steve-O, and they’re all be­ing sent to the Aus­trian Alps to see how they fair. If you’re won­der­ing where Sally Ber­cow and Ola Jor­dan are in the line-up, un­for­tu­nately the women had to pull out of the com­pe­ti­tion due to in­jury…

This is the sec­ond se­ries of the white-knuckle win­ter sports com­pe­ti­tion, but for the unini­ti­ated, pre­sen­ter Dav­ina sums up rather nicely what the pro­gramme is about. She ex­plained ahead of its fresh­man se­ries last year: “Pic­ture the scene… you’re de­pressed, New Year’s Eve has been and gone, you’ve al­ready bro­ken your New Year’s res­o­lu­tions and your feel­ing re­ally bad about your­self. What you need to do is sit down in front of the tele­vi­sion and watch an en­ter­tain­ment pro­gramme that will have you clench­ing your but­tocks so hard that you won’t need to visit the gym for a month!”

It was a no-brainer for Dav­ina when she was asked if she wanted to be in­volved in the show, as she ex­plains: “When I met with the pro­duc­tion company, they showed me a taster tape of all the sports the com­peti­tors are go­ing to do and some footage of peo­ple who weren’t ex­perts try­ing to do the sports too. I laughed so hard and I thought oh my god I have to present this show.”

In the first episode, the men tackle the skele­ton, but will they im­press their coaches Win­ter Olympians Ed­die ‘the Ea­gle’ Ed­wards, Gra­ham Bell, Amy Wil­liams and Jenny Jones, and do enough to avoid the dou­ble elim­i­na­tion that’s be­ing thrown at them im­me­di­ately?

Cherry Healey can be found over on E4 in The Jump – On the Piste, and will be bring­ing all the be­hind-the-scenes ac­tion.

On a slip­pery slope Dav­ina McCall presents

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