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23 AUG 2018

ITV serves up a full English

A team of England legends, whose waistlines have expanded since they hung up their boots, will take on the challenge of getting back in shape and back on the pitch for a brand new ITV series.

This England team, led by manager Harry Redknapp, is a who’s who of former 80’s and 90’s international legends including; John BarnesDavid SeamanRobbie FowlerMark WrightMatthew Le TissierChris WaddleRob LeeRay ParlourLee Sharpe,Mark ChamberlainPaul Merson, and Razor Ruddock.  Our all-star eleven are getting together for one last job, but this time their goals are more about their waistlines than the touchlines.

Viewers will watch as the lads, who played in an era when a few pints and kebabs were all part of the working week, will be yanked out of their very comfortable zone and plunged into a new regime akin to that of present day professional footballers.

The extreme change to their fitness and diet routines will shed light on how important it is for everyone to maintain a healthy balanced diet and fitness routine as you approach middle age. The players will be constantly monitored to see how well they’re keeping on track ahead of the big match.

Will the pride of old English lions be able to fitback into their 90’s England kits and beat a team of 90s international rivals?

ITV have commissioned Talkback to produce this exciting new two-part special. Can this group of old pro’s stick to the rigid training regime or revert back to their familiar unhealthy lifestyles – will they find it as easy as pie and bring home the bacon or is there only a slim chance they’ll have the stomach for the challenge?

Kate Teckman, ITV’s commissioning editor of Factual Entertainment says: “Classic ITV, entertaining, with scale and purpose, and moreover we are finally going to answer the age old question “Who ate all the pies?”

Leon Wilson, Managing Director of Talkback: “We’re thrilled to be working with ITV on this unique and epic new series. Bringing together some of England’s greatest footballers of all time, we’re looking forward to seeing if they can ditch their unhealthy habits, to get matchfit, back in their kits and on the pitch, doing what they do best.”

Match Fit(w/t) is a Talkback production for ITV.

Commissioning Editor for Factual Entertainment Kate Teckman.

Executive Producers are Ceri Jones, Leon Wilson and Ed Sleeman.

Series Producer is Emma Taylor and Series Director is Ben Duncan. Developed by Laura Gibson and Charlie Bennett.

Press contacts:

Nick Dear nick@ndear.co.uk/ 07753 811 918

Amy Huson Amy.Huson@fremantlemediauk.com


Peter Gray peter.gray@itv.com