'The Games' returns with Christine McGuinness, Ryan Thomas and Kevin Clifton in celebrity line-up

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Christine McGuinness, Ryan Thomas and Kevin Clifton are signed up to 'The Games'. (Getty/PA/Getty)
Christine McGuinness, Ryan Thomas and Kevin Clifton are signed up to 'The Games'. (Getty/PA/Getty)

Sporting reality show The Games is set to return to TV, with Christine McGuinness, Ryan Thomas and Kevin Clifton signed up for the challenge.

The Games originally ran for four series on Channel 4 from 2003 to 2006, but is now set to make a return in its new home at ITV.

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Celebrities will compete across a range of Olympic events and the line-up for the new series has been announced, featuring six female and six male contestants.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 23: Television presenter Holly Willoughby attends the ITV Palooza! at The Royal Festival Hall in London, United Kingdom on November 23, 2021. (Photo by Loredana Sangiuliano/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Holly Willoughby will present the new series. (Loredana Sangiuliano/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Former Love Islander Olivia Attwood, Mel B's daughter Phoenix Brown, ex-Strictly pro Kevin Clifton, The Wanted singer Max George, songwriter Chelcee Grimes, Harry Potter actor Josh Herdman, model and TV star Christine McGuiness, Coronation Street actor Colson Smith, newsreader Lucrezia Millarini, ex-Love Island star Wes Nelson, actor Ryan Thomas and Emmerdale's Rebecca Sarker are all confirmed for the competition.

Holly Willoughby and Freddie Flintoff are set to host the series, while TV presenter and former professional footballer Alex Scott will serve as trackside reporter and sports broadcaster Chris Kamara is the commentator.

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Celebrities will have an intense period of training ahead of them as they prepare to take on challenges in the athletics arena, the swimming pool, gymnasium and velodrome, covering disciplines from the 100m sprint to diving.

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 09: Max George of The Wanted performs on stage at Motorpoint Arena Cardiff on March 09, 2022 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Mike Lewis Photography/Redferns)
The Wanted star Max George is taking part. (Mike Lewis Photography/Redferns)

Each night, viewers will see the training the contestants went through and then watch their event as they progress through the rounds, with one male and one female champion crowned in the final.

The original Channel 4 series was won by celebrities including Javine Hylton, Kirsty Gallacher, Harvey and Shane Lynch, and was known for involving various injuries and accidents for those taking part.

Rebecca Sarker attending the TRIC Awards 2019 50th Birthday Celebration held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
Emmerdale's Rebecca Sarker will compete. (PA)

Jamie Theakston presented the series, with trackside reports from Jayne Middlemiss and Kirsty Gallacher.

New Games presenter Willoughby, who hosts Dancing On Ice, is also fronting a new BBC challenge series, Freeze the Fear, which sees celebrities follow cold water therapy enthusiast Wim Hof's philosophy.

The Games is due to air on ITV this spring.

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