Great Wigg out

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THIS Morn­ing, Wed­nes­day, 11.31am, “Ry­lan is Holly Wil­loughby: Ry­lan, with us at 12.15pm. have you what show­biz scoops got all the got?” Ry­lan: “I’ve 12.18pm, scoops.” Fast-for­ward, and Kylie Ry­lan: “Josh Sasse story. We Minogue. Real sad has gone don’t know what on.” All. The. Scoops. WHAT a dif­fer­ence half a year makes. At Rio 2016, Tour de France win­ner and nine-time world cham­pion Sir Bradley Wig­gins be­came the Olympic Games’ most dec­o­rated Bri­ton.

One re­tire­ment and a banned steroid “therapeutic use ex­emp­tion” con­tro­versy later and he’s goof­ing around throw­ing a snow­ball at a C4 cam­era for his in­tro­duc­tion on The Jump and re­al­is­ing: “I was a suc­cess­ful Olympian and now I’m skiing like a prat.” That’s not the worst, though.

He’s also be­ing in­ter­viewed by Dav­ina McCall and rac­ing around some gates against co­me­dian Mark Dolan, host of short- lived TLC panel show If Katie Hop­kins Ruled The World.

Although Mark did also, to be fair, beat Shaun Ry­der and Cor­rie’s He­len Flana­gan on Come Dine With Me with his pea soup, three bird roast and plum duff.

So you can see why they snapped him up for a win­ter sports com­pe­ti­tion. We also have some pre­dictable faces from re­al­ity TV, such as Gareth Thomas, Ly­dia Bright, Spencer Matthews, Caprice and Louis Smith.

But along with Wiggo they’ve booked some in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ters – taek­wondo “head-hunter” Jade Jones, Eng­land rugby World Cup win­ner Ja­son Robin­son and Liver­pool foot­ball “god” Rob­bie Fowler, who looks like a one-man avalanche in the making.

They’ll still strug­gle to over­come this show’s in­her­ent flaws, how­ever. The main rea­son to tune in – the risk of celebs get­ting se­ri­ously in­jured – lost its al­lure last year when they got se­ri­ously in­jured.

We were in hos­pi­tal again within half an hour when Vogue Wil­liams rup­tured knee lig­a­ments and Dav­ina asked: “Are you go­ing to get on skis again?”

Vogue: “One hun­dred per cent. If The Jump comes back next year, I’m go­ing to be in it to win it.” So that’s a no, then.

The series’ most press­ing is­sue, though, re­mains the jump it­self, TV’s big­gest an­ti­cli­max. Ter­ri­fy­ing it no doubt is to do, the ef­fect as a TV spec­ta­cle is like watch­ing a drenched teabag plop off the spoon into a food bin. We didn’t even get THAT from Big Brother win­ner Josie Gib­son, who chick­ened out and had Dav­ina an­nounc­ing: “Josie is not go­ing to jump. Which means it is a no jump.”

The bru­tal truth is we are one Wiggo in­jury and with­drawal away from a non-event, and he’s al­ready had a torn calf scare.

This series des­per­ately needs his buck­ing of re­al­ity TV con­ven­tions, which had him pulling faces be­hind the host’s back and an­swer­ing her ques­tion: “Why did you choose The Jump?”

Bradley: “Just to p*** off the Daily Mail.” Dav­ina: “We’re not al­lowed to say that word.” In­deed. Chil­dren might be watch­ing. “Just to p*** off the D**** M***.” Much bet­ter. AL­WAYS risky to re­visit a so­cial ex­per­i­ment, as C5’s The Great British Ben­e­fits Hand­out Changed My Life nar­ra­tor proved. “In the year since re­ceiv­ing £26,000 in ex­change for sign­ing off ben­e­fits, our fam­i­lies have trans­formed their lives.” And by “trans­formed” he means one-third of the re­cip­i­ents, sin­gle mum Rachel, has signed back on and re­mains job­less af­ter 20 years out of work.

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