BBC THREE opens its doors to Celebrity Scissorhands Academy
Starts early November
It's the battle of the blow-dry as nine celebrities cross brushes and go head-to-head to see who can crimp their way to the top.
This year - for the first time ever - amid the backstage excitement of this year's BBC Children in Need night, the hair, make-up and wardrobe department will be in the hands of a group of trainee celebs.
Alex Zane will present the show from the exclusive Celebrity Scissorhands Academy, where he'll be on hand to report any harrowing hair experiences or beautiful barnets at the beauty bootcamp.
The celebrity trainees are: Eighties pop icon, Steve Strange; winner of The Apprentice, Michelle Dewberry; Radio 1 DJ, Scott Mills; actress and Dynasty star, Emma Samms; Right Said Fred frontman Richard Fairbrass; TV presenter Sarah Cawood; singer Rowetta (Happy Mondays, X Factor); actor and TV presenter Ortis Deeley (Kidulthood, Live and Kicking); and TV personality Darren Day.
Lee Stafford, Britain's most creative celebrity hairdresser, is set to manage the Celebrity Scissorhands Academy – located at the heart of BBC Television Centre – as well as train the famous novices in all elements of hair, beauty and make-up.
Tough-talking Lee is facing one of his biggest challenges yet - he has just two weeks to turn his celebrity trainees into a squad of professionals.
Lee says: "The celebrities will have to walk the extra mile for this task - 110 per cent of blood, sweat and tears will be required at all times!"
Helping Lee train the celebrities will be a top team of experts. The Celebrity Scissorhands training team will include Ben Cooke, the preferred hairdresser of David and Victoria Beckham and creator of the 'Pob'; Stephen Glendinning, whose celebrity clients include Frank Lampard and Lisa Snowden; and Elaine Sullivan Child, who specialises in hair extensions and Afro-Caribbean hair.
Also signed to the Celebrity Scissorhands academy is beauty guru Janet Ginnings. Janet owns an exclusive salon in Mayfair and has an array of celebrity clients.
To ensure the smooth running of the academy is receptionist Leah Chant.
Viewers can keep up to date with all Celebrity Scissorhands action with hour-long primetime shows and streaming on BBC THREE and catch-up programmes on BBC ONE - as well as Keep Your Hair On - a brand new children's quiz series for the CBBC Channel.
The Celebrity Scissorhands website will not only provide video clips from the academy, but the newsroom will be working around the clock to keep fans informed of the latest hair do's and don'ts!
Red button streaming will provide unprecedented access to the Celebrity Scissorhands Academy, and a window into the world of the celebrities and TV.
Celebrity Scissorhands features everything you would expect to find in a hair and beauty spa including topical gossip, makeovers and beauty tips.
During the two week lead-up to the spectacular night, our celebs will be working flat out, practicing on willing members of the public - and any passing BBC personalities - in the specially designed training academy.
They'll have a crash course in cutting and styling hair, wardrobe, and make-up, plus weird and wonderful beauty treatments from waxing to massage.
On BBC Children In Need night, our beauty bootcamp event reaches its pinnacle with behind-the-scenes updates.
We'll nervously watch the stars who are taking part in one of television's most celebrated evenings put their style in the hands of our practiced team novices.
Can our apprentice celebrities cut it? Or will they get the snip?
How to get involved
Viewers can participate in Celebrity Scissorhands by booking appointments with one of the stylists, beauticians or celebrity trainees.
Appointments can be made in a variety of ways:
Telephone: 0901 077 0777. Calls cost 30p. Calls from mobiles and some networks may vary.
Service provided by ESP, PO Box 54249, London, W14 ORF.
Online: at bbc.co.uk/pudsey
Viewers will vote on which celebrities are the best at their job, and the revenue raised from these votes will go to BBC Children in Need.