When ITV first commissioned Splash! we all had a chuckle, but look who’s laughing now…
Fresh from the success of the Tom Daley-fronted live diving show, the BBC has followed suit and announced their new (ahem) idea – a gymnastics-based entertainment format.
Let’s Get Ready to Tumble will feature a crop of celebrities (who, let’s face it, probably won’t be athletically gifted) as they don their leotards and vault, tumble and back flip in an attempt to impress the viewing public.
Following a crash course with the trainers who helped the likes of Louis Smith and Beth Tweddle to Olympic glory, the amateurs will then team up with high-flying, gravity-defying gymnasts to tackle the high bars and tumble track to win our votes.
Speaking of the BBC’s latest commission, controller of entertainment and events, Katie Taylor, said, “One thing’s for certain, you can expect the celebs to be pushed out of their comfort zone in what is probably the most physically demanding show of its kind anywhere in the world.”
Let’s Get Ready to Tumble is one of two new formats to receive the green light, with Your Home in Their Hands also added to the Beeb’s slate of entertainment shows. The prime-time makeover series will see home owners hand over their keys to complete strangers who, wait for it, are not professional decorators.
In each programme four home decorators, fired up with belief in their own interior design skills, will get the chance to prove they’ve got what it takes by overhauling someone else’s home.
“Anyone who comes on the show and thinks interior design is a walk in the park is going to have a real shock,” said judge and self-made interior design millionairess, Celia Sawyer. “Interior design isn’t just about painting a wall pretty colours, it’s about listening to your brief and working hard to fulfil it. That’s what I will be looking for.”