Mark Wright 签约 ITV 的 The Games & 米歇尔·基冈会为他加油

IT’S had more false starts than most Olympic sprinters but ITV’s embattled new sports challenge show is finally on track.

Now known simply as The Games, its first big-name signing is pretty impressive, with bosses persuading Mark Wright to sign on the dotted line.

Mark Wright has signed up for challenge show The Games - with encouragement from his wife Michelle Keegan
Mark Wright has signed up for challenge show The Gameswith encouragement from his wife Michelle Keegan信用: 盖蒂

The former semi-pro footballer turned Heart FM radio host will shortly begin training for the show, which is expected to air in the spring.

A telly source said: “Mark is the first big name to confirm he will take part in The Games.

“He absolutely loves a challenge and will be going all out to win.

“Mark is really competitive and will be pushing himself to his limits in training to ensure he is in top condition for the show.

“He is an amazing footballer but when it comes to trying his hand at sports seen at the 奥运, including sprinting and javelin, Mark is a bit of a novice.

“Mark doesn’t tend to do challenge shows but The Games was a really exciting opportunity to try and excel at something new, so he jumped at the chance when he realised he could make the dates.”

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The source added: “His wife Michelle Keegan will be there to cheer him on if she is allowed.”

演出, which was previously called The Real 2022 游戏, has been repeatedly pushed back because of the pandemic.

It was originally supposed to air in the same year as the Tokyo 2020 奥运.

Stars including Christine McGuinness have also been in advanced talks to take part.

The show will be hosted by Holly Willoughby and Freddie Flintoff when it finally hits our screens.

I’ll give ITV bosses a gold medal just for getting it on the box.

The former semi-pro footballer turned Heart FM radio host will shortly begin training for the show, which is expected to air in the spring
The former semi-pro footballer turned Heart FM radio host will shortly begin training for the show, which is expected to air in the spring信用: Matthew Lloyd

After Life returns

AFTER Life made a spectacular return with a third series over the weekend, but already its writer and star Ricky Gervais is talking about a spin-off.

And top of the list of ideas is giving a show to Ken Otley, the camp showbiz agent on the Netflix公司 打.

After Life made a spectacular return with a third series over the weekend, but already its writer and star Ricky Gervais is talking about a spin-off

After Life made a spectacular return with a third series over the weekend, but already its writer and star Ricky Gervais is talking about a spin-off

Ricky said: “Ken Otley started off as a main character. Years ago I had the idea of the character Ken Otley, and I was going to play him and it was going to be a fake documentary about someone on the periphery of showbusiness.

“He’d be this sad agent living above a shop somewhere and getting the dregs of the entertainment industry.”

Ricky 添加: “Then After Life came along. I thought this could be a good character to have in After Life. Of course I couldn’t play him. That would be a bit weird.”

Vicky: I’ve shunned make-up

SHE’S become one of telly’s busiest leading ladies, but you won’t find Vicky McClure acting like a diva.

The actress decided to shun all make-up for her role as bomb disposal expert Lana on Trigger Point to try and encourage others to feel comfortable in their own skin.

Vicky McClure shunned all make-up for her role as Lana on Trigger Point

Vicky McClure shunned all make-up for her role as Lana on Trigger Point

She told the Radio Times: “I do feel a slight sense of responsibility.

“There is so much pressure on people, especially via 社交媒体. I would like to put a message out there, that you don’t really need make-up.

“It’s important to strip things back and be comfortable.

“My body isn’t fully toned; people will see the real Vicky, as well as Lana. I’m not hiding anything.”

Green screen goddess Liberty

LOVE Islander Liberty Poole transforms into a green screen goddess ahead of her appearance on this weekend’s Dancing On Ice.

The Brummie model showed off some of the behind-the-scenes tricks used to make the glitzy promotional images for the ITV show, which kicked off on Sunday night.

Love Islander Liberty Poole transforms into a green screen goddess ahead of her appearance on this weekend’s Dancing On Ice
Love Islander Liberty Poole transforms into a green screen goddess ahead of her appearance on this weekend’s Dancing On Ice

Former Nando’s waitress Liberty will be taking to the rink alongside pro partner and new boy Joe Johnson.

And unlike on Love Island, which Liberty appeared on in 2021, she’ll be expected to stay with him for the entire series.

Liberty revealed the show's behind-the-scenes tricks
Liberty revealed the show’s behind-the-scenes tricks信用: 电视台

Pat Cash

AUSSIE tennis legend Pat Cash is a vocal anti-vaxxer who refused to get a Covid jab.

But that didn’t stop him being a part of 蒙面歌手 on ITV, where he was unveiled as Bagpipes last Saturday.

Aussie tennis legend Pat Cash is a vocal anti-vaxxer who refused to get a Covid jab

Aussie tennis legend Pat Cash is a vocal anti-vaxxer who refused to get a Covid jab

And he reckons he was totally safe to be around on set – because he was swathed in a large costume.

Pat said: “There was a lot of security, testing and all that stuff going on, so I did what I had to do.

“So you know you follow the protocol, everybody did that, 当我说我是, we were completely masked up, covered up and everything else.

“The production office often guessed hanging around the contestants was actually the safest place to be because they were so masked up and balaclavas and everything else were all on us.”

Nina eyes Walford return

STRICTLY star Nina Wadia has issued a ‘come and get me’ plea to EastEnders bosses.

女演员, who played feisty matriarch Zainab Masood, said she is ready to return to the BBC soap nine years after she left.

Nina said: “There is always a chance of a comeback. If Enders rang us and said come back, we’d gladly go.

“We had the time of our lives doing that show.”

And Nina, who last year appeared in Stephen Merchant’s The Outlaws reckons the Masoods played a crucial part in boosting the BBC soap’s diversity.

她补充说: “I hope having families like the Masoods did open more doors for Asian characters. That was needed.”

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