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ITV to do The Full Monty for new show

Published: Wed 15 Feb 2017

ITV to do The Full Monty for new show
 
Twenty years ago the Full Monty sent the nation into a frenzy with the story of a group of unemployed miners stripping off to beat the dole queue.
 
Now to mark the film’s anniversary six famous men will get their kit off to replicate the film’s iconic climax – and in doing so raise awareness about men’s cancers – for a brand new ITV show.
 
Produced by Spun Gold Television, The Real Full Monty [1x60] will see presenters Alexander Armstrong and Ashley Banjo embark on a mission to round up famous men and teach them how to expose their famous flesh to maximum effect, laying bare the full extent of their talent in front of a live audience at the London Palladium.
 
The group will learn how to strip tease over the coming weeks for this special, one-off documentary.   Then, once their act is fully polished, they will boldly do the Fully Monty, stripping completely nude in front of a 2,000 strong audience, which will feature in an episode of Tonight At the London Palladium.
 
Alexander Armstrong said: “We are using this film to raise awareness of men's cancer prostate and testicular, encouraging guys to check themselves and look out for their friends and act on symptoms if they have them. If caught early enough, prostate cancer is nearly 100 per cent curable, but if men are not aware of the problem or ignore symptoms, as story is not such a good one, as prostate cancer kills one man an hour.”
 
“I hope that by showing these men have the balls to strip off in front of thousands of people, it might encourage otherwise reluctant men to overcome their embarrassment and get themselves checked.”
 
Ashley Banjo said: “We’re going to have a ball making this show.  I’ll make sure viewers are in for a treat by knocking a group of famous novices into shape and preparing them for the strip tease performance of their lives – viewers will see our celebs as they’ve never seen them before!”
 
The Real Full Monty is commissioned for ITV by Kate Teckman, Factual Commissioner and Sue Murphy, Head of Factual Entertainment.
 
Sue said: “Hats off to the men who are willing to lay themselves bare to the nation to show us everything they have for what promises to be a hugely entertaining programme and performance boldly led by Alexander and Ashley.  We hope their efforts will give this important issue the exposure it needs.”
 
 For Spun Gold Television the Executive Producer is Kevin Mundye and Director is Will Yapp.
 
Spun Gold’s Executive Producer, Kevin Mundye, said: “The Fully Monty is a special and iconic film and we’re delighted to be able to recreate its warmth, heart and soul for this programme – it is going to enormous amounts of fun. We’re delighted to have Ashley on hand to whip them into shape with Alexander managing the bunch of unlikely lads. This promises to be a no-holds barred, hugely entertaining show.”