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Drive

Published: Thu 14 Jan 2016

On your marks, get set, Drive!
 
A brand new show from ITV
  
ITV has commissioned Drive, a brand new entertainment series which features the thrills and spills of motor racing and pitches eight well known celebrities against each other in an adrenaline charged race with a difference.
 
Drive is hosted by Vernon Kay with UK racing legend and double British Touring Car Champion, Jason Plato, on hand with his expert advice.
 
Celebrities taking to the tracks are: rapper Professor Green; singer Ella Eyre; TV personality Louis Walsh; actor and comedian Jonny Vegas; Olympic athlete Colin Jackson; TV presenter Mariella Frostrup; weather expert Laura Tobin and broadcaster Angus Deayton.
 
This high-octane driving competition will see the celebrities take to the driving seats of old bangers, buggies, 4x4s and rally cross cars among others.  As they get into pole position, we will see who has what it takes in a host of unexpected and action packed driving challenges.
 
The celebrities with the slowest time in each challenge will battle it out in a Night Race to see who will remain in the competition.  And those that remain by the Final will burn up the tracks in a F4 car in a bid to be crowned the Drive Champion.
 
Vernon said: “Everyone thinks they can drive - but can they? This show will test not only their skills behind the wheel but also how they control their fear. Drive is not just about straight line speed, all driving skills are going to be tested. But when it’s not your clutch you’re burning or your tyres you’re shredding, it’s full steam ahead!”
 
Jason said:  “I’m excited to see what these celebrities can do behind the steering wheel. There is a massive difference from driving a car on the road to taking something to the race track and it will be interesting to see who has what it takes to take their foot off the brake and test their limits.”
 
Asif Zubairy, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment, ITV said: “We are excited to have Vernon and Jason on board for this brand new driving show with a mischievous twist. We have a great line up of celebrities and I can’t wait to see what they can do behind the wheel.”
 
Drive will test the celebrities to their limits but who will steer themselves to victory?
 
Drive is made by Twofour and was commissioned by ITV’s Director of Comedy and Entertainment Elaine Bedell and Asif Zubairy, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment, ITV. It is executive produced by Dan Adamson, Melanie Leach, Andrew Mackenzie for Twofour and the Series Editor is Nic Patten for Twofour.