Steve Redgrave, Amy Childs, Sinitta and Darren Gough line-up for winter sports contest The Jump

Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards will help whip 12 celebrities into shape before they attempt to hurtle down a mountain...

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Twelve celebrities have signed up to take part in Channel 4’s upcoming winter sport reality show The Jump.

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The plucky celebrities will be donning their thermals and learning six chilly disciplines including ski jump, skeleton, bobsleigh, speed skating, skier cross and slalom skiing.

It’s Splash! with snow. Even Alan Partridge couldn’t make this stuff up. 

And which celebrities are throwing caution to the chilly wind? Well, how about Olympic rowing legend Sir Steve Redgrave, TV presenter Laura Hamilton, 80s pop star Sinitta and 5ive’s Ritchie Neville for starters?

Former TOWIE star Amy Childs is also giving it a whirl alongside one-time Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, broadcaster Anthea Turner and TV presenter Melinda Messenger (the latter two with a head start in frozen reality formats thanks to their time on Dancing On Ice).

Ex-England cricketer Darren Gough, comedian Marcus Brigstocke, celebrity hairdresser Nicky Clarke and promoter Henry Conway also join the line-up.

The celebs will be in good hands, they’re not being dumped at the top of a mountain and told to get on with it (as amusing as that may well have been). Instead, they’ll be in the care of Olympic skeleton gold medallist Amy Williams, Olympic skier Graham Bell and the legend that is ski-jumper Eddie “the Eagle” Edwards.

Skeleton will see the stars hurtle down a frozen track while face down on a small sled (although ‘hurtle’ may be a bit generous).

As well as doing a competitive ski jump to save their place in the competition they’ll also try their hand at bobsleigh, which includes a high-speed race around an icy track in a team sled. If no one does some sort of ‘feel the rhythm’ Cool Runnings reference, it’ll be an opportunity well and truly missed.

Speed skating will see the famous faces combine ice, blades and hopefully a bit of speed, while slalom and skier cross will force the celebrities to travel down a mountain side, overcoming various obstacles and, well, avoiding the edge of the mountain presumably.

What could possibly go wrong?

The Jump runs for ten days in early 2014 and will be presented by Davina McCall and Alex Brooker.


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