New reality sporting competition in a bid to lure people (hopefully advertiser friendly males, by intention) away from the Champions League which has now vacated ITV.
Richard Bacon hosts as eight sporting stars battle it out in various challenges testing all sorts of physical and mental prowess and their will to win. Each episode the two worst performers face a Night Challenge to stay in the competition, the loser goes home. It’s a bit like Superstars but with challenges rather than sports, basically.
It’s actually not a bad idea for a show and the original Belgian show we wrote about a while ago showed a certain promise but felt ultra cheap, although had some interesting ideas – I quite liked that (in the first series at least) the Night Challenge didn’t necessarily send someone home, for example.
As to the chances of this show’s success – it’s a big shame that few of the celebs competing are really relevant these days – Gail Emms is good value on Fighting Talk when she appears, and Matt Le Tissier is currently tearing up Countdown in the afternoons, we’re not backing Fatima Whitbread to win (although best of luck obv.). It all feels rather low key.
This being said though we’re of the belief that a reality competition is probably the best way for ITV to grow out of it’s Tuesday night flop zone – if it fails then it’s no surprise, but if it catches on then you’ve got what increasingly becomes a hit on what is usually a dead night. I’m not sure this is the show that will do it, but I suspect it will be solidly entertaining for anyone who does tune in.