The Jump is reportedly set to return to Channel 4
The show, which sees a group of celebrities compete in winter sports such as bobsleighing, ski cross and giant slalom, faced criticism last year when seven of the stars of its 2015 series were injured – some quite severely.
However, The Sun newspaper have claimed that channel bosses have now reviewed the series’ safety standards and made the decision to give it the all-clear to return for a fourth series.
“For good and bad reasons The Jump was one of the most talked about shows on television last year,” a source told the publication.
“It still pulls in big names and offers up drama that longer-running shows do not. It’s the only reality show of its kind – and it gives it something else compared to other shows.
“The uncertainty and the occasional injury make it all the more interesting. An official announcement will come in due course, but from Channel 4’s point of view it’s a done deal.”
It’s expected that the show will once again be hosted by Davina McCall, who steers clear of the dangerous side of the show herself, admitting to The Metro newspaper on Tuesday (12Jul16) that she doesn’t even ski because it’s too scary.
Among those injured in the last series of The Jump were Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle, who fractured two vertebrae when she fell during training and had to undergo surgery, and competitive swimmer Rebecca Adlington, who dislocated her shoulder in the Air Jump and said it was more painful than childbirth.
Meanwhile Heather Mills suffered damage to her knee ligaments, Made in Chelsea’s Mark Francis Vandelli broke an ankle, while Linford Christie, Sarah Harding, Louisa Lytton and Tina Hobley also all suffered injuries.
British Olympic ski jumper Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, who has frequently made guest appearances on the programme, previously said the broadcaster needs to consider how to make it safer for the celebrities – many of whom are competitive athletes.
“They have got to look at ways to make it safer for the celebrities or someone is going to pull the plug on the show,” Eddie told the Daily Mirror. “They won’t be able to afford the insurance cover on these guys.
“I’ve always been worried that without the proper training there is a real risk of a career-threatening accident. I’ve always told them to watch out because these guys have jobs and if we treat them badly they are not going to be able to do those jobs.”
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