Friday, September 14, 2012
HUNTINGDON gymnast Louis Smith is to take on another TV challenge by teaming up with fellow Olympian Greg Rutherford to tackle Channel 4’s The Million Pound Drop.
Smith - who is to be seen taking to the floor on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing tomorrow (Saturday) – and gold-winning long-jumper Rutherford will be guest contestants in the new series.
The high-stakes programme returns tonight with Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe, known to viewers for appearing on C4’s comedy show The Last Leg, lined up as contestants raising money for Paralympic charities.
The channel said today that its recent charity version of Million Pound Drop, featuring names such as Vic Reeves, Professor Green, Countdown’s Rachel Riley and Jedward, had raised a total of £700,000.
It will be split between 14 different Paralympic and disability charities - including British Blind Sport, British Paralympic Association and the Riding for the Disabled Association - with each receiving a total of £50,000.
Syeda Irtizaali, C4’s entertainment commissioning editor, said: “We included a number of charities that don’t get quite as much attention so the money raised would really make a difference.”