Splash! (British TV series)

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Written byAdam Bostock-Smith
Directed byJulia Knowles
Presented byGabby Logan
Vernon Kay
StarringTom Daley
JudgesAndy Banks
Jo Brand
Leon Taylor
Narrated byAlan March
Country of originNetherlands
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes12
Executive producer(s)Shirley Jones
Darren Smith
Producer(s)Aaron Kidd
Gyles Neville
Production location(s)Inspire: Luton Sports Village, Luton, Bedfordshire
Running time90 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s)Twofour
DistributorITV Studios
Original networkITV, STV, UTV
Picture format16:9 (HDTV)
Original release5 January 2013 (2013-01-05) –
15 February 2014 (2014-02-15)
Related showsCelebrity Splash!
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Splash! is a British television series that follows celebrities as they tried to master the art of diving. The celebrities performed each week in front of a panel of judges and a live audience in an Olympic-size diving pool with the result each week partly determined by public vote. Gabby Logan and Vernon Kay presented the show,[1] whilst Team GB Olympic Bronze Medal winning diver Tom Daley was the expert mentor to the celebrities.[2] It was filmed at the Inspire: Luton Sports Village, which is based in Stopsley, Luton.[3] The show premiered on ITV on 5 January 2013 winning the ratings battle for its 7.15pm-8.15pm slot with an average audience of 5.6 million viewers, a network share of 23.6%,[4][5] however, it was cancelled on 24 June 2014 after just two series.[6]

The format for the show originated from the Celebrity Splash! franchise created by television production company Eyeworks in the Netherlands,[7] and was broadcast on SBS 6 as Sterren Springen Op Zaterdag (Celebrities Jumping On Saturday).[8]


The show is broadcast live on ITV on Saturday evenings, and is presented by Gabby Logan and Vernon Kay. In the show celebrities compete against each other performing dives in order to impress a judging panel and the viewing public. The series consists of heats where two celebrities from each go into the semi finals, and then followed by a live final on successive Saturdays.

Series overview[edit]

To date, two series have been broadcast, as summarised below.

Series Start Finish Winner Runner-up Third place Fourth place Hosts Judges
One 5 January 2013 2 February 2013 Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards Jake Canuso Linda Barker N/A Gabby Logan
Vernon Kay
Andy Banks
Jo Brand
Leon Taylor
Two 4 January 2014 15 February 2014 Perri Kiely Richard Whitehead Keith Duffy Dan Osborne

Main series results[edit]

Series 1 (2013)[edit]

The first series began airing on 5 January 2013 and ran for 5 weeks ending on 2 February 2013.

The contestants for the first series were:

Celebrity Known for Status
Jade Ewen Singer Eliminated 1st
Helen Lederer Comedian, actress & writer Eliminated 2nd
Jenni Falconer TV presenter Eliminated 3rd
Diarmuid Gavin Garden designer Eliminated 4th
Caprice Model and actress Eliminated 5th
Joey Essex Reality TV star Eliminated 6th
Donna Air TV presenter Eliminated 7th
Dom Joly Comedian and actor Eliminated 8th
Tina Malone Actress Eliminated 9th
Anthony Ogogo Olympic professional boxer Withdrew
Charlotte Jackson Journalist and TV presenter Eliminated 10th
Omid Djalili Comedian and actor Eliminated 10th
Linda Barker Interior designer and TV presenter Third place
Jake Canuso Actor Runner-up
Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards Olympic ski jumper Winner

Series 2 (2014)[edit]

On 4 February 2013, a second series was confirmed[9] and began airing on 4 January 2014[10] and ran for 7 weeks ending on 15 February 2014.

The contestants for the second series are:

Celebrity Known for Status
Gemma Merna Actress Eliminated 1st
Ricky Groves Actor Eliminated 2nd
Gemma Collins Reality TV star Eliminated 3rd
Martin Offiah Rugby player Eliminated 4th
Paul Ross Journalist Eliminated 5th
Toyah Willcox Singer Eliminated 6th
Patrick Monahan Comedian Eliminated 7th
Paul Young Singer Eliminated 8th
Penny Mordaunt Politician Eliminated 9th
Pollyanna Woodward TV presenter Eliminated 10th
Jenny Eclair Comedian Eliminated 11th
Una Healy Singer Eliminated 12th
Michaela Strachan TV presenter Eliminated 13th
Danielle Lloyd Model Eliminated 14th
Austin Healey Rugby player Withdrew
Anna Williamson TV presenter Eliminated 15th
Dan Osborne Reality TV star Fourth place
Keith Duffy Singer Third place
Richard Whitehead Paralympic runner Runner-up
Perri Kiely Dancer Winner


The show received generally poor reviews from critics after its premiere, including "utterly awful",[11] "a new low for television"[12] and "probably the worst programme ever screened in primetime".[13] Despite the critical drubbing, however, it achieved reasonable ratings and was recommissioned for a second series.[14]

Concern was shown for Daley's role in the show by the head of British Swimming David Sparkes, who claimed that he is in danger of putting his media work before his sporting career, and possibly hampering his chances of a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.[15][16] Andy Banks, Daley's coach at Plymouth Diving and British Swimming, hit back at Sparkes' criticism airing his concerns that such negative comments might take the fun out of diving for Daley and indeed drive him away from the sport altogether to pursue his media career.[17] Daley's mother Debbie Daley also responded directly to Sparkes' complaints in an open letter published by the Daily Mail online in which she gave her son's career choices her complete backing and bemoaned Sparkes' lack of direct communication with either Daley or his representatives before issuing statements to the press.[18] Daley eventually won a bronze medal in the men's synchronized platform dive in the 2016 Games.

Jo Brand received criticism for her role as a judge, as she has no apparent expertise in diving.[19]

Heat 3 contestant Tina Malone made negative comments in an interview with Liverpool radio station Juice FM several days before her appearance on the show. She called this and other reality shows "garbage" as well as stating that "It’s the big fat cheques that make me happy" in reference to the fact she appears in such TV shows only for the financial reward.[20][21]

International versions[edit]

A US version, under the title Splash, premiered on 19 March 2013 from the Riverside Aquatics Complex at Riverside City College and Pasadena's Rose Bowl Aquatics Center on ABC television.[22][23] The US version features 2012 Olympic 10 m diving champion David Boudia and American diving legend Greg Louganis as judges.[24] The Seven Network in Australia have also commissioned Celebrity Splash! which aired in 2013.[25]


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