Tumble - Show One.

Think Strictly Come Dancing with more cartwheels; just as many new skills to master and even fewer clothes and you've got BBC1's new prime-time Saturday night gymnastics show Tumble.

The fundamentals are the same; well known faces are each partnered with professionals, they perform a routine combining everything they've learnt over the week meanwhile a panel of four expert judges provide a critique and give scores out of 10. The only real difference is that instead of ballroom dancing, the ten stars are mastering a variety of gymnastic techniques over just eight weeks in front of a larger live audience.

The One Show’s Alex Jones who acts as a Brucie-style mediator between the terrified celebs and slightly ruthless judges with her usual cheerful positivity and glamour hosts all of this.

The stars of the series include Towie's Lucy Mecklenburgh, EastEnders' John Partridge, boxing legend Carl Froch, Girls Aloud's Sarah Harding, Ian 'H' Watkins of Steps fame, former Blue Peter presenter Peter Harding (a late stand-in for injured Mr. Motivator), Andrea McLean from Loose Women and the Sugababes' Amelle Berrabah. They each have to learn to incorporate challenging apparatus into their gym-dance routines over the next six weeks until just one celebrity is crowned top Tumbler at the end of the series.

Deciding their fate are judges Nadia Comăneci - triple Olympic gold medal winning gymnast, Team GB legend & Strictly Champ Louis Smith, Commonwealth gold medalist gymnast Craig Heap and circus choreographer Sebastien Stella. They're a happy bunch that really knows their stuff from their experience of the industry. At times they're rather brutally honest in telling the stars what they fell short of, but use a refreshingly small amount of reality show clichés!

Some celebs chose to tackle apparatus in the series premiere last nght whilst others were more choreography based. They'll all come face to face with a different challenging skill as the weeks progress ahead of showing off what they've learnt each Saturday night.

Whatever happens though the two lowest scoring and voted competitors will have to face the dreaded vault-off in order to perform again in next weeks show. The stars will have to spend an anxious week waiting to discover their fate at the start of the next episode.

The first episode highlights included:

Easy on the eye Carl performing topless to coca cola classic 'I just wanna make love to you'
Lucy Meck and her partner Billy being told to get more serious in training by her serious coach after covering their faces in chalk and taking funny selfies
Trained dancer John Partridge closing the show with a somersault-tastic routine to Bastille, which saw him labeled by Craig as the competition's 'best performer' and scored the highest of the lot with 27.5 out of 40
A brilliant vault, pommel horse and mat routine performed by judge Louis Smith and his fellow Team GB tumblers
Judge Nadia criticising fellow panelist Craig's vault at the end of the show - you can't beat a good clash of ex-professional award-winning gymnasts.

All in all, not a bad start to a series that the beeb hoped would, if rumours are to be believed, be 'better than Splash'. Not exactly a hard challenge but one well achieved nonetheless.

Bring on next week!

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