The Real Full Monty is back…but this time on Ice.
The new line-up of celebrities will perform their routines without a wooly hat in sight…and here is a sneak first look at the stars in the spotlight albeit in a few more clothes.
Led by Ashley Banjo and Coleen Nolan, the show raises awareness of cancers in intimate areas of the body and how self-checks help save lives.
Show bosses say the message has never been more important given there are less diagnoses being made because of the pandemic.
Stepping up to reveal all on ice this year are Radio 4 Woman’s Hour legend Dame Jenni Murray, actress Linda Lusardi, Love Island’s Shaunghna Phillips, actress Hayley Tamaddon and This Morning’s Dr Zoe.
While baring all for the boys will be rugby star Gareth Thomas, actor Jamie Lomas, singer Jake Quickenden, jockey Bob Champion, Diversity’s Perri Kiely and Love Island’s Chris Hughes.
The Loose Women star and Mirror columnist will strip in honour of her cancer-hit sisters.
Bernie died in 2013, while Linda and Anne are currently battling the disease.
Coleen said: “This is my favourite show to do, because cancer has affected my family so devastatingly.”
The 55-year-old insists stripping never gets easier, saying: “I’ll never feel comfortable about the end. I did think this year, ‘Oh, I won’t be nervous any more about learning a routine’ – then Ashley puts it on ice!”
But after Covid disrupting GPs, she says the message to self-check is vital.
And she adds of the show: “After the year everyone has had, it will feel uplifting too.”
The Diversity star told how as well as having to strip off, all the stars are getting tested for Covid to make sure the show continues.
“Getting everyone together safely at the moment is a challenge,” he says.
“We’re all being continuously tested….but trying to get everyone together and create this show on ice, I mean – it’s a big group of people, getting everyone up to scratch and being able to pull off this scale of project in this current situation has been really difficult.
“As a result, this is by far the shortest amount of time we’ve had. We’re just over a week out from the final show and we’ve probably got about 20% of the routine now! We’re closer to the wire than ever. I’m just hoping we can pull it off.”
Dame Jenni Murray
Dame Jenni said she was “absolutely flabbergasted” when asked to do the show, saying she told her agent: “Absolutely not. Good lord, what on earth would make you think I would do something like that? I’m not baring my breasts in public.”
She later said her husband thinks she is a nutcase.
Linda Lusardi says that despite her glamour modelling past it was still a “concern having to expose myself.”
The ex-glamour model, 62, broke her foot in Dancing on Ice, and says: “I do have a fear of hurting myself, but the cause is far greater than my concerns. There’s no way I was going to say no.”
Jockey Bob says his own battle with testicular cancer inspired his decision to bare all for the cameras.
“Having had cancer myself, I know how important it is. I was one of the lucky ones because if I’d left it another two or three weeks, I wouldn’t have been here,” he says.
And he joked that the big reveal at the end was tastefully done.
“Obviously, we have to take our clothes off, but it’s not going to be sordid! Everything is very tasteful.
“Of course that still worries me but the ice skating worries me a lot more,” he says.
Love Island star Chris says he didn’t think twice about taking part in solidarity with his brother Ben.
“The main thing was seeing everything that my brother has gone through over the last year and a half since he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
“Obviously it is so important to continue to raise awareness about testicular cancer and prostate cancer as well. To be able to do it in such a positive manner and to be able to reflect what my brother has been through to an audience again, to help raise awareness, it just seemed like definitely the right thing to do.
“It’s a great show. I’ve watched before and know what it’s all about, although it’s a bit different this year with the ice.”
Dr Zoe Williams
Dr Zoe says that her friends and family have been left staggered by her signing up for the show.
“I tend to get the same response from most people. First of all, it’s, ‘You’re doing what?!’
“Because everyone focuses on the Full Monty – showing the boobs bit. So they are a bit shocked.
“But as soon as I explain about the reasons why I’m doing it and the impact that the show can have, then everybody gets it and is very supportive. Although a lot of them are saying – ‘Rather you than me!'”
The actress says there is a very personal reason as to why she is doing the show this year.
“I’m doing this for one of my best friends, called Rebecca Gibbs, who died six years ago of cancer.
“Before she died she said to me, whatever comes up for telly, if they ask you to do it, for cancer, you say yes, and you do it. So I said, okay, I’ll do whatever you want! Whatever it takes.
“And I was always have. So that’s the reason I’m doing this. And the fact it’s on ice as well, is just amazing for me because I love skating!
“It means I can get my ice skates back on so that’s great.”
Reality star Jake says he has no qualms about being naked in front of strangers.
“I did a musical called ‘Hair’ where I had to get naked every day, so the nakedness is not a massive deal to me and I don’t really feel this is about how I look – there’s a much bigger agenda going on with why we are all doing it.
“So my biggest challenge at the moment is that I’ve just badly injured my shoulder and arm and had to have some major surgery on it, so the timing is terrible.
“I’m not allowed to skate yet so I’ve been rehearsing the choreography off the ice. Thankfully I can skate from Dancing on Ice but it’s not ideal!
“I’m just hoping it heals in time for me to do the full routine. To be honest though, if I have to – I’ll skate out with my sling on. I’m still going to do it, no matter what.”
Hollyoaks star Jamie says he signed on the dotted line on the advice of his famous family members.
“My brother-in-law has done the show before, Matthew Wolfenden, and when I watched it I thought it seemed like a great way to give something back.
“I’m in a position to help and to be asked and it is a great way to do some good. Also, my dad has got prostate cancer, so it’s my gift to him, me making a fool of myself for a good cause,” he says.
His daughter though has been left slightly perturbed by the prospect of dad stripping off.
“I think my daughter is a bit embarrassed, she’s like, ‘Er, dad, what are you doing?!’. My dad is made up that I’m doing it and my friends have been taking the mickey out of me, but that’s to be expected.”
The Diversity star admits that he can’t quite get his head around the nation seeing him in all his glory.
“I keep forgetting that I’m getting completely naked at the end of that and the thought of everyone seeing me full pickle is…well, not something I want to think about at all,” he says.
Love Island star Shaughna says she is doing the show in honour of her dad.
“I lost my Dad in December 2016. He had cancer for 18 months and it completely changed my life and my perspective of what I thought was important.
“When my dad was ill, I felt like no-one had any idea what I was going through, even my close friends.
“So, if anyone watching this is going through what I’ve been through losing him and can then feel like they’re not alone, I’d be so happy to be able to do that.”
GarethThomas is stripping off on The Real Full Monty on Ice as a tribute to his granddad.
The 46-year-old former Welsh rugby star revealed: “I am taking my kit off on the ice, that’s a scary thing.
“It’s for my grandad who passed away with cancer. And because of my granddad, my mother took my father to hospital and they found cancer – luckily they found in enough time.”
Gareth, who revealed he was HIV positive last year added: “It’s a bonkers thing to do, but when you realise that you’re doing it for it eclipses the fear of doing it.
“You’re doing it for the people you love, so it makes it all worthwhile. Everything I do in my life since I’ve started speaking about my sexuality and HIV status is to represent a community of people that I’m un-f**king-believably honoured to represent.”
*The Real Full Monty On Ice is on December 14 and 15, 9pm, ITV.