Celebrities facing gym challenge

Louis Smith could be involved in the BBC celebrity gymnastics show

Celebrities are to bend over backwards to impress viewers after BBC bosses ordered a new Saturday night series in which they will train to be gymnasts.

The live show, Get Ready To Tumble, will see stars hanging around bars as professional trainers try to teach the novices how to perform flips vaults and somersaults.

The BBC One show is expected to include g ymnasts of the calibre of Olympic medal-winning stars such as Louis Smith and Beth Tweddle when it airs next year.

The programme has been backed by British Gymnastics which helped lift UK competitors to glory at London 2012.

Although BBC bosses have not yet signed up star names to work on the show, Louis has already become a peaktime hit, winning last year's Strictly Come Dancing in the months following his Silver medal performance on the pommel horse at the Olympics.

And bronze medallist Beth, who announced retirement from her sport in the summer, found glory on ITV's Dancing On Ice.

Katie Taylor, the BBC's controller for entertainment and events said: "One thing's for certain, you can expect the celebs to be pushed out of their comfort zone in what is probably the most physically demanding show of its kind anywhere in the world."

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