Iwan Thomas announced on Presenting Team for BBC One’s Superstars

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BBC One today announced that it is to revive the popular sporting entertainment show Superstars for a one-off spectacular Olympic special –Superstars 2012 – due to be broadcast this Christmas. It was commissioned by Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One, and Mark Linsey, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning. Superstars 2012 is being produced for the BBC by IMG Media, part of IMG Worldwide.


Sixteen of London 2012’s British Olympic heroes (eight men, eight women) will compete against their Team GB teammates in a dramatic and thrilling competition, as they vie to be crowned the two best all-round Superstars. The athletes’ versatility and determination will be pushed to the max as they participate in eight different disciplines – on the track in the 100 metres and 800 metres, on the field in the javelin, take to the pool in a 50 metre swim and test their archery skills. The sporting contestants will tackle a kayak race and use their cycling skills in a hill climb. Their efforts will culminate in a grand finale featuring the classic Superstars event – the gym tests.


The athletes taking part in the 90 minute television special are:


Alistair Brownlee, Olympic gold winner, Triathlon

Jonathan Brownlee, Olympic bronze winner, Triathlon

Mo Farah, Olympic double gold champion for 5,000 and 10,000 metres

Robbie Grabarz, Olympic bronze medal winner, High Jump

Michael Jamieson, Olympic silver medallist in 200 metres breast stroke

Anthony Joshua, Olympic gold winner, Boxing (Super Heavy weight)

Andrew Triggs Hodge, Olympic gold winner, Rowing (Coxless Four)

Peter Wilson, Olympic gold winner, Shooting (Double Trap)

Nicola Adams, Olympic gold medal winner, Boxing

Lizzie Armitstead, Olympic silver medal winner, Cycling (Road Race)

Laura Bechtolsheimer, Olympic gold and bronze medal winner, Dressage

Gemma Gibbons, Olympic silver medallist, Judo

Helen Glover, Olympic gold medal winner, women’s coxless pair

Katherine Grainger, Olympic gold winner, Double Skulls

Jade Jones, Olympic gold winner, Taekwondo

Christine Ohuruogu, Olympic silver medal winner, 400 metres


In addition, London 2012 bronze medallist, swimmer Rebecca Adlington, will also act as a mentor to all the athletes in the swimming event. She’ll be providing useful tips and guidance on technique, as well as of course encouragement to her Team GB teammates.


Superstars 2012 will be hosted by Gabby Logan, who fresh from her success as one of the faces of the BBC’s London 2012 coverage, will oversee the proceedings. Gabby will be following in her father’s footsteps, as her dad, former professional footballer Terry Yorath, also featured on Superstars during the 1970s.


She’ll be joined by former Olympians Denise Lewis and Iwan Thomas as pundits, providing their own unique spin on the action. The Superstars 2012 games will be shot in front of an eager crowd at the University of Bath, which boasts state of the art sporting facilities. The grand finale will see the competitors battle in the historic setting of the city’s Assembly Rooms.


Iwan Thomas said: “I am delighted to be part of the presenting team for Superstars. There is an incredible line up of Olympic Heroes and I am looking forward to seeing them compete against each other in a wide range of sports. Having taken part in superstars before, I know all of the Athlete’s will be extremely competitive so I believe it is going to be a great show.”


Mark Linsey, Controller Entertainment Commissioning, said: “As a great fan of the original series I am thrilled to commission this one-off for Christmas. It will be a real treat especially as it will star an unbelievable line up of medal winning athletes from London 2012.”


Rick Thomas, Superstars Executive Producer at IMG said: “IMG are really excited to be reviving Superstars for the BBC.  It’s an iconic show and we believe that with our stellar list of Olympic medallists it promises to be the most competitive and thrilling Superstars ever.  The chance to rekindle the memories of the summer and find out who is the greatest all round sporting Superstar is a mouth-watering prospect.”


Superstars 2012 will be produced for the BBC by Kate Robinson for IMG. The Executives Producers are Mirella Breda, Executive Editor Entertainment Commissioning for the BBC, Bob Massie for Massive TV and Rick Thomas for IMG.




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