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Davina McCall 'amazed' The Jump returning to TV

Davina McCall thinks it is remarkable any celebrities still agree to appear on The Jump, because it is such a dangerous TV show.

The Jump host Davina McCall is amazed the accident-prone winter sports show is returning to British TV.

Since the programme debuted in 2014, a host of stars have suffered a variety of injuries on the show including broken bones, dislocated limbs and torn ligaments while trying their luck in sports including bobsleigh, slalom skiing and ski-jumping.

Perhaps the celebrity who came off worst was British gymnast Beth Tweddle, who required surgery after breaking her back in training for the show.

The programme was recently picked up for a fourth series by Channel 4, but host Davina admits she's stunned there's anyone left who would want to appear on it.

"I was amazed (it was renewed) because I didn't think we'd be able to get people back on it but apparently people still want to do the show which is great," she told British chat show host Jonathan Ross. "They're amazing."

The 48-year-old presenter explained that it was not just the climactic ski-jumping that posed a danger to contestants but other winter sports such as Skeleton sledding.

"If you think of anybody going away on a ski holiday for a week your chances of getting injured on that holiday are extremely high but these guys are out there for two months, skiing all day every day and then doing crazy things like The Skeleton," she said.

As well as Beth, other stars who have sustained injuries on the show include Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington who dislocated a shoulder, The Wanted singer Tom Parker who tore ligaments in his hand and Holby City actress Tina Hobley, who dislocated an elbow.

Davina said that despite the dangers, stars are still up for taking to the slopes for the show, as they know they will be well medically cared for should the worst happen.

"All I can say is that they're given the best care and they are taught by the best teachers and love bombed for the entire time they're there. And they're willing, they want to do it, we're not forcing them out there," she added.

Despite rumours it was set to be cancelled after its third series, The Jump will return to Channel 4 next year (17).

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