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'Hole in the Wall' is the latest primetime television show with the aim of demeaning 'so called' celebrities and it succeeds in a major way. The show is an adaptation of a Japanese show, hence the reason why it's so bizarre, anybody who's ever seen Takeshi's Castle will understand what I mean by this. The concept is simple, celebrities stand in front of a swimming pool and have a large polystyrene wall travelling towards them at speed. The only way they can get through the wall without being knocked into the water is to match their body shape to the shape illustrated or cut-out of the wall, some of them are incredible and they get harder as the rounds go by, towards the end involving all three team members simultaneously. It takes roughly five seconds for the wall to arrive at the participants and if they get the shape wrong they'll be knocked in! Some of the larger individuals have actually broken the polystyrene and managed to remain dry though. Once the challenge has been completed Dale Winton the host scores the participants out of ten for their efforts.
Two teams take part each week, captained by England fast bowler Darren Gough and professional dancer and star of Strictly Come Dancing Anton Du Beke. Each week they are joined by two celebrities and then compete against the other side. Some of the celebrities to have appeared on the show include, Andi Peters, Vanessa Feltz, Phil Tuffnell, Joe Swash, Jennie Bond, Martin Offiah, Dominic Littlewood and Scott Mills. I heard somebody say on the train the other day that it's almost as if to get on this show you have to have already appeared in at least two other reality type shows.
The teams are playing for their pride mostly, but the winners receive £10,000 which they donate to the charity of their choice, which can only be a good thing. I've seen the show twice, the first time I couldn't believe what I was watching and was wondering how on earth this rubbish had made it onto television, but the second time I saw it for what it is just a bit of fun. If they're giving money to charity it can only be a good thing and it can be very funny. I'd say it is worth a quick look, but once you've seen a couple of challenges and the celebrities be pushed into the water a couple of times you're pretty much done with it. It would be good to have a go yourself though.
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