BBC and ITV stars battle in boat race for Sport Relief

Justin Harp
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The BBC and ITV are finally going to do battle for bragging rights - and complete TV supremacy, we assume - as part of this year's Sport Relief.

The stars from some of the biggest shows from both the Beeb and ITV will be grappling on the high seas (well, Salford Quays at least) in the ultimate Clash of the Channels next week.

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(Team ITV)

This showdown will take the form of a boat race where ITV will be represented by TOWIE legend Ferne McCann, Charlotte Hawkins of Good Morning Britain, Nicola Thorp from Coronation Street, Emmerdale's Chris Bisson, Jake Canuso of Benidorm, Love Island heartthrob Chris Hughes and their team captain, the world's top-rated female rower Helen Glover.

Over on the BBC side, Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell leads Top Gear's Rory Reid, Radio 2 DJ Sara Cox, BBC Breakfast co-presenter Dan Walker, BBC News at One anchor Sophie Raworth, Ellie Harrison from Countryfile and Radio 1's Dev Griffin.

Each team will have professional advisors -including Olympic gold medallists Sir Steve Redgrave and Garry Herbert as well as silver medallist Zoe de Toledo - as they prepare for the 1,200-metre race.

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(Team BBC)

The Clash of the Channels Boat Race will be airing as part of a full night of exciting entertainment marking the end of a week's worth of Sport Relief events, airing next Friday (March 23).

The telethon will also include a special edition of Strictly Come Dancing set to 'World in Motion', some Celebrity Boxing and footage from Zoe Ball's gruelling cycling trek from Blackpool to Brighton.

But why wait for next Friday? You can do your part by making a donation to Sport Relief, which provides vital funding to charities across the UK. To contribute, all you have to do is click here.

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