THREE years on from finishing his dream job presenting on Extra TV in the US, Mark Wright’s telly career is going international again.
I can exclusively reveal he is one of the presenters of The Challenge: War Of The Worlds, which will air around the globe later in the new year.
He got the job following his success hosting the British version of the game on Kanaal 5, which is due to be broadcast next month.
And Channel 5 bosses were so impressed, he has been asked back to present a second series of that, ook.
The series involves reality stars competing in stunt-heavy adventures to win cash prizes and avoid elimination.
'N Bron het gesê: “Mark wrapped filming on War Of The Worlds at the start of this month.
“They filmed the series in Suid-Afrika and it was a dream gig for Mark, who really got into it.
“He was chosen as a presenter because of his ease on camera during the British version of the show, which goes out on Channel 5 in Januarie.
“Mark is also well liked by US audiences because of his time on Extra TV.
“He has a global appeal and is an easy sell to TV bosses.
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“The series will air worldwide, so fans will be able to see it.”
Merk, who got his big break on Extra in 2017, spent two years hosting it.
Mark said: “I was actually meant to host a really big dating show out there a few months ago.
“But I couldn’t do it because I had to be in a bubble for three months and I wouldn’t have been able to leave, so I had to say no.
“When I was out there I saw the show on TV and it looked really good, so I was devastated.
“But I don’t regret leaving DIE.”
JESSOPS: HIER GAAN ONS ALWEER
ALISON STEADMAN’S BBC One comedy Here We Go will return for a second series.
'N Insider het gesê: “Audiences loved Alison’s wonderfully unfiltered character Sue.
“She is the matriarch of the family at the heart of the show, and audiences warmed to those around her, too.”
But it is looking less and less likely that the show, written by James Corden and Ruth Jones, will make a comeback.
So it is good news for Alison that Here We Go series two has got the go-ahead.
The sitcom also starred Katherine Parkinson and Ghosts’ Jim Howick when it hit our screens in the spring.
It followed the fortunes of the dysfunctional Jessops as they tried to cope with an eventful camping trip to Skotland, a flooded garden and a nightmare meal in an Italian restaurant.
But it was clearly a recipe for success.
BARGAINS CHILL FOR BUSY MO
MO GILLIGAN has revealed his unlikely coping strategy as his diary becomes even more packed.
Die busy comedian’s new BBC One musical game show, That’s My Jam, launched to an impressive 3.6million viewers last week and his ITV hit Die gemaskerde sanger, in which he is a panellist, returns on New Year’s Day.
Luckily Mo knows he can de-stress by heading to discount stores.
Hy het gesê: “Going to B&M and hunting for bargains, that’s what I do to switch off from reality – garden centres.”
KAZ HAZ GLOBAL APPEAL
FOR most, landing a highly coveted spot among the Love Island cast is as good as it gets.
She is one of the celebrities who will feature in Channel 5’s The Challenge next month.
But I can reveal Kaz impressed telly bosses so much they immediately signed her up for the global “all stars” version of the show, one of the few British names to make the jump.
And that’s all while spending weeks volunteering in Thailand this year to build a home for disadvantaged kids.
Good on you, Kaz.
PRESSURE OF SILENT ROMANCE
SILENT Witness fans were delighted when Nikki and Jack finally got together in the last series after years of flirting.
So they will be chuffed to hear scriptwriters don’t plan to tear them apart just yet.
Teasing the future of their relationship ahead of the crime saga’s 26th series, Emilia Fox, who plays Nikki, gesê: “Now that they’re together, this epic story puts the Jack and Nikki relationship under pressure.
“Not in the way of ‘once you’ve got two regular characters together, you put them in immediate conflict and break them up’.
“We didn’t want that because the characters have got such a deep love for each other.
“But a different kind of pressure is put on them as they realise that they’re each other’s strength, but they’re also each other’s vulnerability because they care so much for each other.
“If either of them is in danger, that puts real stress on the other.
“The relationship has suddenly given them an Achilles heel.”
Sounds, errr, promising.
The series returns to BBC One on January 2.
Merry for one!
GORGEOUS new animation The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The Horse was the most-watched programme on Christmas Eve across all channels.
The cosy tale of friendship and loyalty attracted 4million viewers on BBC One.
CHAR GOT FAME THE HARD WAY
I’M A Celebrity introduced Charlene White to a whole new audience – which means some have assumed she is new on the showbiz beat.
“I started off as the overnight girl working really horrendous shifts.
“Getting in at 9 o’clock at night and not leaving until 10 o’clock the following morning, seven days on.
“I toiled away for a really long time to make my mark.
“So I am like, geen, I have been doing this for a really long time!”
I’m sure there were dull days in the jungle that felt just as drawn-out.