FOR the first time in its history, the new series of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins will have more BAME contestants than white.
Loose Women’s Saira Khan, former footballer Kieron Dyer and Love Island’s Wes Nelson will pull their kit on alongside singer Alexandra Burke and TV presenter Ore Oduba.
They are joining Olympian James Cracknell and telly stars Ulrika Jonsson, Jake Quickenden and Vicky Pattison on the toughest show on the box.
An insider said: “Channel 4 is making sure all of the shows it airs reflect modern Britain and SAS is no different.
“They think they’ve cast one of the best series of SAS yet, as all the names are impressive and there is a real mix of characters.
“Kieron, Jake, Wes and James are all very physically fit but, mentally, you have stars like Vicky who is a tough cookie and won’t crack easily under pressure.
“They’re all currently in isolation in a hotel to ensure they’re totally Covid-safe before filming commences.”
The show will air in the new year. In August, The Sun revealed that SAS’s shake-up led to trainer Ollie Ollerton being axed to make way for a more diverse cast.
At the time, Ollie — who hosted the show alongside Ant Middleton since it started in 2015 — said: “I’d rather have left after doing something wrong, as at least I would have understood it.”
I can understand Ollie is upset at feeling forced out of a job he loved. But at the same time, the TV industry was in need of a big shake-up.
And it has been far too long coming.
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SIMON Pegg is joined by daughter Matilda on his new Amazon Prime comedy Truth Seekers, which follows a team of paranormal investigators as they attempt to uncover ghost sightings across the UK.
The 11-year-old is seen giving the finger to Nick Frost’s character Gus at the Coventry Collectibles And Cosplay Convention in these exclusive pics.
The gang head to the event in a bid to meet their heroes and show off their costumes, but stumble across something much more sinister.
Simon plays Dave in the series, which is out on October 30 and also stars Samson Kayo, Julian Barratt, Susan Wokoma and Malcolm McDowell.
Stables are turned on cupid Sara
DATING show host Sara Cox has fallen in love herself – with a horse.
The Radio 2 DJ has been set up with her dream four-legged partner by Love In The Countryside singleton Victoria Hammond.
Sara, who also presents new BBC2 reading show Between The Covers, which features a panel of famous faces, said: “She’s found this horse and hopefully I’m getting her at the end of this month. I’ve just got to get her checked out by the vet and all that. I can’t believe I’m saying it, it’s been my dream for so long.”
Sara also teased that series three of the dating show is in the works and that she is looking forward to playing cupid once more.
I wonder if she will find herself another animal match.
PAUL Hollywood is in trouble with LGBTQ+ Bake Off fans after he said rainbow bagels “represent the NHS”.
Ofcom got 18 complaints as he failed to mention the significance of the rainbow flag to them.
Craig’s spread alert
CRAIG Revel Horwood says he is glad fellow judge Bruno Tonioli is not appearing on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing this year – because he’s a huge coronavirus threat.
Despite social-distancing measures, he thinks the panellist’s expressive nature would make avoiding an outbreak difficult.
Craig said: “He could be a super-spreader, spitting and shouting and standing up and down.
“It’s probably just as well he’s not here.”
Speculating on the show’s Covid-19 measures, Craig said: “Do I think there will be plastic screens between judges? You can only hope. I would love that.”
Bruno will appear via videolink on the Sunday night results show as he has chosen to put the better-paid Dancing With The Stars in the US ahead of the BBC1 series.
And Craig knows he is fortunate to judge this year.
He said: “I can’t wait to see the celebrities dancing and I’m lucky to have the opportunity to judge.
“Fans can watch from their living rooms but I’ll get a ringside seat, darling.”
RICKY Gervais and Jane Fallon are keeping their foster cat as they’re “falling in love”. The comic and his writer partner rescued the cat and took to social media to share the news that they will keep the tabby.
Mum, Dad and lads
MIKE Edwards and Perri Shakes-Drayton are back on our screens in a new reality show for MTV.
Celebrity Bumps Mike + Perri follows the former athletes as they become first-time parents.
Former Love Island lotharios are joining the MTV team too, as Michael Griffiths, Chris Taylor, Jordan Hames and Danny Williams are set to share a film about their blossoming bromances, due out on October 16.
WHAT? Mountain Vets, BBC2, 8.30pm.
WHY? The Northern Irish clinic must deal with a lamb with a limp, while newly qualified Patrick is called out to help a farmer whose cow has been struggling in labour.
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