In an ode to the 1997 British comedy starring Trainspotting’s Robert Carlyle – and more importantly as means to support and raise awareness for various cancer charities – dance group Diversity’s Ashley Banjo and presenter Alexander Armstrong lead a group of male celebrities on Wednesday night (there will be an alternate show featuring some of the nation’s leading celebrity women on Thursday) in baring all on national television as part of the infamous Full Monty chippendale-themed strip-tease.
The hour and a half long annual special will follow the men – and later women – as they prepare themselves for a live performance which will broadcast at the end of the show, with the choreographic help of dancer Ashley Banjo. Among the stars featured are reality TV star James Argent, former Celtic and Arsenal football star John Hartson and comedian turned-celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott. Joining them, The Wanted’s Tom Parker, East Enders’ John Partridge and former Rugby Union star Ugo Monye. Rounding off the cast is TV presenter and broadcaster Jeff Brazier.
The Real Full Monty is being held to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer for Wednesday’s show and – for the women’s version – on Thursday night; it will be in support of breast cancer awareness organisations.
The Real Full Monty: Live – Wednesday (and Thursday for the women’s performance) 9:00pm on ITV.