Earlier this month, I wrote about gymnastics as a possible new frontier for celebrity competition shows, and about buzz that the BBC was readying such a project. The broadcaster has now made it official, commissioning Let’s Get Ready To Tumble. The show will air live in Saturday primetime and feature British celebs teamed with international gymnasts to tackle what are being described as “never-before-seen, new-to-TV disciplines.” The announcement could mean there will soon be two celebrity gymnastics formats in the international arena. I recently reported that CORE Media is developing Celebrity Champions in the U.S., an original format that sees former Olympians coach celebrities and has Mary Lou Retton attached as anchor judge. CORE is currently talking to U.S. networks.
There’s no airdate for Let’s Get Ready To Tumble, but Saturday primetime in the UK is a key slot year-round for competition shows like The Voice UK, the X Factor UK and Britain’s Got Talent. The BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, the precursor to Dancing With The Stars, airs over nearly two hours beginning at 6:30 PM on Saturdays. It’s now in its 11th season and consistently pulls in strong ratings suggesting that Britain has not tired of seeing celebs strut their stuff. Let’s Get Ready To Tumble, which is a working title, has the full backing of trainers at British Gymnastics, says the BBC. It was developed by Leon Wilde and BBC In-house Entertainment’s format development team with investment from BBC Worldwide.