The Jump to get summer revamp?
- Bang Showbiz
- 31 July 2017
Channel 4's 'The Jump' is set to be revamped as a summer show after being axed last week for being too dangerous
'The Jump' is set to be revamped as a summer show.
The Channel 4 sporting competition - which saw celebrities take on extreme winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding - was axed last week amidst complaints that the programme was too dangerous after 34 celebrities have suffered injuries over the course of its four series run.
However, show bosses are now looking to switch out the death defying stunts for safer summer sports such as water polo and athletics, which they believe will make for "fewer injuries".
A source told The Sun newspaper: "There is a lot of interest in bringing 'The Jump' back as a summer show. Instead of the ski jump, celebs could go head to head in athletics or hockey. Water sports would also be a good option for them.
"The idea is that as summer sports are less perilous, there would be fewer injuries. And contestants would be in fewer clothes which would make it sexier."
However, a spokesperson for Channel 4 told the publication that nothing was finalised as of yet.
They said: "We are always actively considering a range of programmes but a summer version of 'The Jump' has not been commissioned."
Meanwhile, the show was said to be cancelled by Channel 4 as the terrifying injuries sustained on the show have begun to "stack up"
A source said: "It's felt like 'The Jump' has been on borrowed time for a while now as the injuries mount up. The fact Channel 4 have decided against bringing it back next year suggests it's not a loved property. If it was getting big enough numbers, it would be locked into the schedule."
Bosses had been toying with the idea of shelving the show last year after they received a series of complaints when gymnast Beth Tweddle broke two vertebrae in her neck during training.
And she's not the only one who had to undergo surgery after taking a tumble on the slopes as former 'Strictly Come Dancing' dancer Ola Jordan twisted her knee while competing on the programme and doesn't think her leg will ever be the same again.
Rebecca Adlington dislocated her elbow, 'Holby City' actress Tina Hobley broke her shoulder in numerous places and still can't return to work due to the injury, and 'Made in Chelsea' hunk Mark-Francis Vandelli snapped his ankle while working on the show.