The Games




Jamie Theakston


Jayne Middlemiss (2003-5)
Kirsty Gallacher (2006)

Commentator: David Goldstrom

Pundit: Steve Bunce

E4 coverage (Live at Trackside (Live at the Heats / Inside Track from 2006)):
Dougie Anderson (2003)
Jamie Atiko and Darren Malcolm (2004)
Justin Lee Collins and Caroline Flack (2005-6)


Endemol UK Productions for Channel 4, 7 September 2003 to 2 April 2005 (23 episodes in 3 series)

Initial West for Channel 4, 17 to 25 March 2006


Quite good celebrity reality format where ten celebs spend six weeks training in six different sporting disciplines which are then put to the test live every night for a week.

The men and women compete in a different sport every night and the live nightly show is when the final of an event is held (the qualifying heats, if any, are usually shown live in the afternoons on E4). Contestants score five points for winning an event, three for second, two for third, one for fourth and zero for coming last with a bonus point if they beat their personal best on the night. Later series awarded five, four, three, two and zero respectively, plus that oh-so-crucial potential bonus point, to shift the emphasis from winning to not losing.

The money raised from ticket sales, viewer polls and telephone competitions goes into a big pot and the celebrities take a cut for their charities in proportion to the amount of points scored during the week.

A wide variety of events is on offer from swimming, judo, the floor and speed skating for the women to diving, weightlifting, the horse and curling for the men. The final day features the track and field events from the Don Valley stadium in Sheffield and the crowning of the champions.

The athletes spend the week living in the "athlete's village" at the Don Valley Stadium, and this being a reality show, a reasonable amount of time is given over to gossip from the night previous.


Boys: Harvey
Girls: Azra Akin and Terri Dwyer (joint winners)
Boys: Shane Lynch and Jarrod Batchelor (joint winners)
Girls: Lady Isabella Hervey
Boys: Philip Olivier
Girls: Kirsty Gallacher
Boys: Jade Jones
Girls: Javine

Champions of Champions

Following the second series, a special Champion of Champions event was held each year in which a selection of participants from different series competed against each other in a special short-form competition, contested across a single episode, and comprised of track and field events. The winning teams were as follows -

2004: Team 2003 (Contested by Team 2003 and Team 2004)
2005: Team 2005 (Contested by Team 2003, Team 2004, and Team 2005)
2006: Team 2006 (Contested by Team 2004, Team 2005, and Team 2006)



  • Harvey (So Solid Crew singer)
  • James Hewitt (ex-Army officer)
  • Bobby Davro (comedian and presenter)
  • Lee Latchford-Evans (ex-Steps singer)
  • Jean-Christophe Novelli (chef)
  • Azra Akin (Miss World)
  • Teri Dwyer (ex-Hollyoaks actress)
  • Mel C (Spice Girls singer)
  • Gail Porter (presenter)
  • Josie d'Arby (presenter)


  • Shane Lynch (Boyzone singer)
  • Jarrod Batchelor (Mr Gay UK)
  • Pat Sharp (DJ and presenter)
  • Romeo (So Solid Crew singer)
  • Charles Ingram (Millionaire cheat)
  • Lady Isabella Hervey (socialite)
  • Jodie Marsh (glamour model)
  • Charlie Dimmock (TV gardener)
  • Katy Hill (presenter)
  • Linda Lusardi (ex-glamour model)


  • Philip Olivier (ex-Brookside actor)
  • Craig Charles (Red Dwarf actor)
  • Chesney Hawkes (singer)
  • Jonathon Morris (actor and presenter)
  • Kevin Simm (Liberty X singer)
  • Danny Foster (ex-Hear'Say singer) (replacement for Jonathon Morris)
  • Kirsty Gallacher (presenter)
  • Lisa Maffia (So Solid Crew singer)
  • Mel Giedroyc (presenter)
  • Her Royal Highness Princess Tamara Czartoryski-Borbon (princess)
  • Anna Walker (presenter)


  • Peter Duncan (ex-Blue Peter presenter)
  • Jade Jones (Damage singer)
  • Jason King (DJ and presenter)
  • MC Plat'num (Blazin' Squad singer)
  • Goldie (actor)
  • Adam Rickitt (ex-Coronation Street actor and singer) (replacement for Goldie)
  • Bernie Nolan (Nolans singer and actress)
  • Javine (singer)
  • Michelle Gayle (singer and ex-EastEnders actress)
  • Amanda Lamb (presenter)
  • Julia Goldsworthy MP (Member of Parliament)

Key moments

Bobby Davro's belly flop in the diving.

Harvey from popular beat combo So Solid Crew proving to be the fastest man in the entire world ever.

Theme music

Dobs Vye

Web links

Wikipedia entry

Off the Telly review

Bother's Bar review


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