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The Real Full Monty: Ladies' Night

Published: Fri 23 Feb 2018

The Real Full Monty: Ladies' Night
Hot on the heels of the return of 'The Real Full Monty', eight female celebrities are gearing up for the performance of their lives in ‘The Real Full Monty: Ladies' Night’, determined to show the boys how it’s done and raise awareness of breast cancer.
This ‘sister’ commission to The Real Full Monty will see two unforgettable nights running on ITV this spring.
The men’s Real Full Monty might be bigger and better than ever before, but the eight brave ladies ready to take them on are TV presenter Coleen Nolan, broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire, Emmerdale actress Sally Dexter, reality TV star Megan McKenna, former Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton, actress Helen Lederer, TV legend Ruth Madoc and presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford - for all of whom the issue of breast cancer awareness is close to their hearts.
The ladies’ mission is to pull together to create a show-stopping performance that will wow the audience as they battle to overcome their nerves and inhibitions, learn to love their bodies and dare to bare for a good cause. Along the way they visit the legendary Moulin Rouge in Paris to get inspiration for the show. 
Coleen Nolan says: "The boys were so amazing last year and I loved watching the show from home, so I can’t quite believe I'll be taking part myself this time with a group of fabulous ladies who, like me, have all been touched by the shadows cancer casts over us. Although I'm terrified about what I've let myself in for, considering I won’t even wear a bikini on the beach let alone get my kit off in front of 2500 people and millions at home, but getting women to talk about breast cancer checks is way more important than any body hang-ups or nerves I've got. We are determined to give the audience a show they will never forget and hopefully raise awareness that could help save lives."
Details of the final reveal will be kept under wraps but determined not to be outshone by the boys, the girls rope in dance supremo Ashley Banjo, who stepped in at the last minute to help the boys last year and is also masterminding the men’s new and improved routine.
Already in rehearsal and confirmed to take part in the much-anticipated return of ‘The Real Full Monty’ are presenter Alexander Armstrong, TOWIE star James 'Arg' Argent, presenter Jeff Brazier, The Wanted’s Tom Parker, Eastenders actor John Partridge, ex-Arsenal footballer John Hartson and retired England Rugby International Ugo Monye.
‘The Real Full Monty’ was one of the biggest and boldest TV hits of last year and saw a group of celebrity men bare all to the delights of millions of ITV viewers. In doing so, they crashed the Prostate Cancer UK website, such was the immediate and significant upsurge in demand for more information about men’s cancers.  In an echo of the men’s show marking the 20th anniversary of cinema classic The Full Monty, the women’s performance will celebrate 20 years since The Calendar Girls posed for their iconic calendar in Yorkshire.
The standard has been set and the ladies have a lot to prove. But motivated by the need to get women talking about self-checking their breasts, they will take to the stage for their own empowering, moment of glory. Step aside boys, it’s Ladies' Night!