18 June 2015Greg talks sporting challenges in Richard Bacon's new ITV show
Liverpool sport scientist Greg Whyte will feature in Richard Bacon’s new ITV entertainment show, Eternal Glory.
Greg’s the man who helped an exhausted Davina McCall through a gruelling swim for Sport Relief, prepared Dermot O’Leary for his 24 hour Comic Relief dancing challenge and coached David Walliams to swim across the English Channel and the River Thames.
Yes the former Olympian certainly knows his stuff.
And now the LJMU professsor will be providing an insight into the science behind each challenge as eight sporting legends are put through their paces.
Richard Bacon will host the series, produced by Twofour, and filming will take place in Croatia this month.
The sporting stars will be tested to the max and assessed for psychological endurance, reaction speed, agility, hand-eye coordination, strength, stamina, visualisation, strategy, adaptability, and recovery time.
They will live together in Croatia and will take on challenges in various locations in the Eastern European country (think hanging over the open waters of the Adriatic, searching for objects submerged in the deep sea and traversing across a high-wire rope over a ravine).
All are prize-winners in their own sport, but how will they fare when pushed beyond their comfort zone?
Each episode comprises of four tough physical or mental challenges. One athlete will go home in each episode, determined by the ‘night duel’ game. Finally only one will emerge triumphant and achieve Eternal Glory.
Eternal Glory has already achieved strong success throughout Europe. It recently completed its sixth season for NRK Norway and Sweden’s series seven concluded on 31 2015 with 2,58 million viewers. Other European versions include three series in Belgium, as well as series for Denmark, Finland and Holland.
Kate Maddigan, ITV’s commissioning editor, entertainment, said: “We have seen sports stars succeed in dancing, the jungle, cooking and the ice but I can’t wait to see them take on each other in these specially created challenges.
“This show is designed to reveal what makes sporting legends tick and I for one am excited to see under their skin and hear personal stories from their careers and beyond. With eight of this country’s top sporting heroes going head to head we are in for a competition like no other and with Richard at the helm we hope to have plenty of laughs along the way.”
The line up of sports starts will be announced closer to transmission, which will be later this year.