BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five go head-to-head for the
first time ever for the title of Britain's fastest and fittest channel
in a star-studded episode of Superstars for Sport Relief '04.
Superstars: Battle of the Channels
which is being made by TWI for BBC ONE, will form part of the programming
for The Night of Sport Relief on 10 July '04.
Presiding over the challenge will be TV presenter Cilla
Black and trackside reporter Clare Balding
and the teams have been chosen by the network controller for each channel:
Lorraine Heggessey (BBC ONE), Nigel Pickard (ITV), Kevin Lygo (Channel
4) and Dan Chambers (Five).
Each channel has to field a team of four, two men and
two women, and will be captained by a well-known showbiz celeb who won't
take part in the challenges but will spur their team on from the sidelines.
The teams are as follows:
BBC - Nigel Harman, who plays EastEnders'
Dennis Rickman (team captain); newsreader Andrew Marr;
Top of the Pops Saturday presenter Fearne Cotton; Sarah
Manners, who plays receptionist Bex Reynolds in Casualty and
Nick Knowles from DIY SOS.
ITV - Pop Idol judge Pete Waterman
(team captain); Claire Sweeney (60 Minute Makeover);
newsreaders Mark Austin and Katie Derham
and one other to be confirmed.
Channel 4 - Countdown presenter Richard Whiteley
(team captain); Big Brother's Brian Dowling; Sunetra
Sarker, who plays Anji in No Angels; model and actress Caprice
and one other to be confirmed.
Five - Presenter of Britain's Worst... strand Quentin
Wilson (team captain); Vicki Butler-Henderson
(Fifth Gear); investigative reporter Donal MacIntyre;
Five News weather presenter, Lara Lewington and The
Wright Stuff's Matthew Wright.
All of the celebrities taking part in Superstars: Battle
of the Channels will have to push themselves to the limit in the five
sporting events of this do or die battle.
The challenges that the team will face will be: 100
metres sprint, swimming relay, gym tests, tug of war and a mile running
TWI's Head of Entertainment Bob Massie said: "Superstars:
Battle of the Channels will not only provide viewers with 40 minutes
of great fun watching at home as celebrities battle it out for supremacy,
but also will help deserving causes both in the UK and overseas."
Cilla Black said: "I am really looking forward to the
show. It's going to be great fun. I'm sure they will all be very competitive
even though it is for charity!
"But the most important thing is to get people
digging deep into their pockets to try and raise more for Sport Relief
'04 than they did last time."
Superstars: Battle of the Channels is being produced
by Chris O'Dell for TWI/ BBC ONE and the executive producer is Bob Massie.
Notes to Editors
Superstars returned to BBC ONE in summer 2003 and was
presented by Johnny Vaughan and Suzi Perry.
The original Superstars, presented by David Vine, ran
for eleven years on BBC ONE from 1974-1985.
TWI is the television arm of IMG, the world's largest
international sports and marketing agency.
Sport Relief was set up by Comic Relief and BBC Sport
to tackle poverty and disadvantage, both in the UK and in some of the
poorest countries around the world.
Its debut in 2002 raised more than £14m, and that money
is now hard at work.
Sport Relief Saturday on 10 July is your chance to
be part of the biggest mile in history and help change the world.
At venues all over the UK you will be able to Go The
Extra Mile in whatever way you want, to raise as much money as you can.
To register for your Fitness First Sport Relief Mile
log onto www.sportrelief.com
or call 08712 444411 (calls cost 10p/minute). The
BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.
You can also go into any one of the 149 Fitness First
health clubs all over the UK.
We now have over 100 events happening across the country,
so there's bound to be a Mile event happening near you!
Sign up, get sponsored and be there on Sport Relief
Saturday to change the world by Miles.
Don't forget to watch the night of unmissable TV on
To donate to Sport Relief, call 08457 910 910 (calls
will be charged at a LoCall rate).
Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, registered