Channel 4 is hunting a fresh batch of celebrities to brave the bumps, bruises and broken bones of their Winter Olympics-themed contest The Jump.
The broadcaster has announced the perilous entertainment format will return for a second series in early 2015, set once again in Innsbruck, Austria and featuring another round of adrenaline-packed, snow-themed sports. After series one contestants Flash Gordon, Melinda Messenger, Henry Conway, Steve Redgrave and Marcus Brigstocke were all forced to retire with injuries, it remains to be seen who is brave (or bonkers) enough to sign up for the show’s return.
The announcement is part of a raft of new commissions coming to Channel 4 next year. The IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade will front an untitled travel series where he will be joined each episode by a famous holiday companion as they embark on a jaunt to various European destinations; think otter hotels, ice palaces and guest houses on top of cranes… Will Richard – the eternal pessimist – be convinced that holidays are not hellish?
The return of The Island with Bear Grylls will feature two islands – one for men and one for women – creating two corresponding series to be aired alongside one another. 2015 will also see the return of magician Troy for a second series of stunts and illusions.
Sex in Class will feature sex educator and UNFPA goodwill ambassador Goedele Liekens following in the campaigning footsteps of Jamie Oliver to bring Britain’s out-of-date sex education into the 21st century. During a one-off programme, Liekens will work with year 11 students to pilot different educational modules which could potentially become a properly ratified GCSE.
Kevin McCloud will be visiting some of the remotest places on earth in Kevin McCloud: Escape to the Wild. The new four-part series features Kevin tracking down those who’ve abandoned the rat race and chosen a simpler life in the wild. Next year’s line-up will also include new series Dementiaville, a three-part documentary looking at dementia care and uncovering real-life stories, using archive footage to rediscover the person behind the dementia.