Danny Dyer to host new reality show that locks celebs up in the dark

Celeb contestants including Paul Gascigne, Scarlett Moffatt and Chris Eubank will be locked in the pitch-black bunker for eight days.

(L-R): Donna Preston, Nicola Adams, Chloe Burrows, Chris Eubank, Danny Dyer, Paul Gascoinge, Chria MacCausland, Max George, Scareltt Moffatt - Scared of the Dark. (Channel 4)
Danny Dyer will host Scared Of The Dark starring Donna Preston, Nicola Adams, Chloe Burrows, Chris Eubank, Danny Dyer, Paul Gascoinge, Chria MacCausland, Max George and Scareltt Moffatt. (Channel 4)

Danny Dyer is to host a new reality show which will lock celebrities in the dark for a week to see how they cope.

Scared Of The Dark boasts an all-star lineup of contestants including former footballer Paul 'Gazza' Gascoigne, Gogglebox's Scarlett Moffatt and boxers Chris Eubank and Nicola Adams and will air on Channel 4 over five nights.

They will be locked in a bunker together in the pitch black for eight days as they are filmed by 50 night-vision cameras. If they want to leave at any time they must shout "I'm scared of the dark" and they will be escorted into the light.

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Dyer said: “This is possibly one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever done in my career, and I have done a lot of mad things. Throw in a bunch of celebs and make them do things with the lights off – it’s proper good telly. You’re gonna laugh, you’re gonna laugh some more and I promise you’re gonna love it.”

Danny Dyer
Danny Dyer has left EastEnders after 10 years playing Mick Carter. (Getty Images)

Also taking part are The Wanted's Max George and comedian Chris McCausland who is blind.

McCausland tweeted: "Finally, the cat is out of the bag!"

The line-up is completed by former Love Island contestant Chloe Burrows and actor Donna Preston, star of Hard Cell and Apolcalypse Wow.

Former British professional boxer Chris Eubank attends the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, in London, Sunday June 5, 2022, on the last of four days of celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee. The pageant will be a carnival procession up The Mall featuring giant puppets and celebrities that will depict key moments from Queen Elizabeth II’s seven decades on the throne. (Hannah McKay/Pool Photo via AP)
Chris Eubank will be among the celebrities locked in the darkened bunker. (AP)

The celebrities will face challenges to test their fear of the darkness and their ability to function with no light.

Those that fail the challenges will then face further tasks to keep their place in The Bunker.

The last celebrity to step out into the light will be crowned the winner.

Clinical psychiatrist Dr Tharaka Gunarathne will be on hand to observe the celebrity contestants and how they are adjusting to life in the dark.

Scarlett Moffatt
Is Scarlett Moffatt scared of the dark? (Getty Images)

Dr Gunarathne said: "One the hardest challenges the celebrities face is dealing with the unknown; their psychological sense of uncertainty is at an all-time high.

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"When you can’t see, your brain fills in the blanks and often imagines the worse. When you switch off the lights your ability to stay safe is suddenly threatened and that is what makes this particularly frightening.”

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