The line-up for The Real Full Monty has been revealed – and for the first time ever it’s on ice.
Ashley Banjo and Coleen Nolan will be joining forces once again to put a number of celebrities through their paces for The Real Full Monty On Ice – including the likes of Love Island’s Shaughna Phillips and Diversity star Perri Kiely.
The charity show is held every year to raise awareness of cancer in intimate areas of the body and the crucial importance of early self-checks to help save lives.
The BAFTA-nominated programme is now in its fourth year – but with less health checks taking place during lockdown for crucial early diagnosis, the message has never been more important.
Baring all for the women this year includes – Dame Jenni Murray, actress Linda Lusardi, Love Island’s Shaunghna Phillips, actress Hayley Tamaddon and This Morning’s Dr Zoe.
While rugby star Gareth Thomas, Jamie Lomas, Jake Quickenden, jockey Bob Champion, Diversity’s Perri Kiely and Love Island’s Chris Hughes will be stripping off for the men.
All of the celebrities have stories to tell about how cancer has touched the lives of themselves or those closest to them.
Ashley has also roped in some of the former Dancing on Ice professional skaters to perform with the celebrities, while Dan Whiston will be creating some amazing ice dance routines to get everyone into the Christmas spirit.
The celebs will need to learn a routine from scratch, before revealing all to the nation in two 90-minute specials.
Speaking about the importance of the show, and why now, it vital people check themselves for cancer, Ashley began: ‘We are so proud of what this show has achieved in reminding people to check themselves for early signs of cancer and we’re going all out this year to get that message across.
‘Following lockdown, when far fewer people were getting health checks, now more than ever this message is important. Performing on ice will take the challenge to a whole new level – the celebrities won’t know what’s hit them! What could possibly go wrong?!’
Loose Women panellist Coleen went to add that this year especially is more personal than ever, as her two sisters Linda and Anne are battling cancer.
‘I keep saying “never again” to getting my kit off but the response we get from the millions of women who feel empowered to check themselves after watching the show is incredible, so here we go again,’ she began.
‘This year is more personal than ever for me as two of my amazing sisters are battling cancer once more. I’m inspired by them and everyone I meet who’s has been touched by this dreadful disease, so I’m absolutely thrilled to be back leading a new awesome group of women, ready to bare all with me.
‘But as this year it’s on ice, let’s just hope we don’t get frostbite on our unmentionables.’
Last year saw the likes of Kelvin Fletcher, Jack Fincham and Megan Barton Hanson baring all for charity.
The Real Full Monty On Ice will air later this year on ITV.
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