Splash! is a brand new entertainment series that pitches celebrities against each other as they prove what goes up must come down and learn to dive.
Featuring Olympic Bronze medal and British and European Championship winner Tom Daley, Splash! challenges some of the nation’s favourite faces to learn one of sport’s most difficult disciplines on primetime ITV.
Vernon Kay and Gabby Logan present heat one of Splash!, where five celebrities jump in at the deep end and learn how to dive with Olympic medallist Tom Daley. Expect high drama and very tight lycra as the celebrities dive live, for the judges scores and the public vote, in the hope of securing the two places on offer in the semi-final. Who will sink and who will swim? Getting wet has never been so much fun!
In the first show, actor Jake Canuso, comedians Omid Djalili and Helen Lederer, Sugababe Jade Ewen and presenter Jenni Falconer don their swimwear and take to the diving boards as they try to master one of sport’s most tricky disciplines, and compete for the first two places in the semi-final. But which of the diving celebs will the public vote for?
Splash! will see the celebrity names mix determination, drive and daredevil stunts as they don their swimwear and take to the water. They’ll be flipping, flopping and jaw dropping as they star in this spectacular and hilarious prime time fun. A team of professional coaches will train the celebrities as they push their limits and overcome their fears to master the grace, skill, athleticism and accuracy needed, to perform dives from the high board. The famous faces will perform live each week in the electric atmosphere of a packed Olympic size pool - in front of a panel of expert judges as the public vote for their favourites. Who will rise to the occasion leaving the audience in awe, and who will splash down belly first?
Tom said: “2012 has been a wonderful year for me – an Olympic medal and Double Gold at the Junior World Champs! What better way to round it off by becoming involved in this great new show; a dream come true for me – an entertainment show all about diving! I’ll be helping the celebrities as they master a dangerous and exciting sport and I can’t wait to get started.”
Splash! is based on the Dutch format Sterren Springen (internationally known as Celebrity Splash!) where it rated as Holland’s number one entertainment show last season. The format is owned by Eyeworks and will be produced for ITV by TwoFour. It was commissioned by ITV’s Director of Entertainment and Comedy Elaine Bedell and Commissioning Editor Asif Zubairy and will be executive produced for Two Four by Shirley Jones.
ITV’s Director of Entertainment and Comedy, Elaine Bedell said “Splash! promises thrills, spills and a touch of comedy as famous faces take to the celebrity diving board.”
Co-MD of Eyeworks Distribution, Jeff Goldman said: “We were thrilled about the success of our family-fun entertainment format, Celebrity Splash, in Holland and more so when it was the hottest format of this years television market (MIPCOM) selling in the world’s biggest television markets. We look forward to now bringing it to UK, and especially with ITV and Tom where we think it is the best home for audiences to enjoy its mix of fun, suspense, dare devil stunts and touch of humour all centred around the beauty of diving and inevitably making Splash! a hit in the UK.”
TwoFour's Managing Director Melanie Leach said: “This show provides all star family entertainment that everyone can enjoy and will no doubt feature those special moments that everyone will be talking about.”