Beat the Star

Sunday, 26 April 2009, 6:45PM – 8:00PM

Student Laura Beardsmore tries to out hit Martina Hingis in this week’s Beat the Star.

Back for a brand new series and hosted by Vernon Kay Beat The Star sees a courageous member of the public as the challenger take on a super competitive star as they go head to head in a series of physical and mental games – set to push the star and the challenger to their limits.

If the challenger wins they leave with £50,000 if they lose they leave with nothing. If the star wins, they leave with their reputation intact and the money rolls over to the final show of the series which will see Vernon take on a surprise star with the prize money going to charity.

Following on from Austin Healey’s last-gasp victory last week, Laura Beardsmore, a 22-year-old dentistry student from Leeds, will be challenging Tennis champion Martina Hingis, 28, for a chance to win the highly coveted prize of £50,000 and a chance to Beat the Star.

Laura is a part-time waitress and is preparing to finish her degree in dentistry. Laura can turn her hand to any challenge, whether it is hockey, aikido or a pitting her wits in a general knowledge quiz. She also represents Leeds 1st XI hockey team and Great Britain for Aikido.

Laura’s first question when meeting her opponent, Martina Hingis was: “Can I get her autograph?” When asked whether she feels as though she can beat Martina Hingis, her confidence is still sky high by replying “Definitely… I am very confident – I think I have everything I need to win.”

Martina was the number one of women’s tennis with an amazing five Grand Slam titles and a Wimbledon title under her belt. Despite hanging up her racket 18 months ago there is no slowing down this centre court champion: she runs, horse rides and skis all at her home in Switzerland.

Martina, ‘the smiling assassin’ says: “I try to keep fit by doing different things, I have my horses and skiing definitely keeps you fit.”

The pair will go head to head in up to eight thrilling and unpredictable games, set to test them mentally and punish them physically. Vernon will oversee each of the games which he will reveal to the contestants only moments before they must undertake them.

This week’s games could include brand new strategy game ‘Broken Ladder’ which will test them physically and mentally. They have to climb a six metre ladder with three removable rungs to fit in as they go along. Grime Trial gives them three chances to get the fastest time in the dirt buggy and round the tricky track.

Wood Walk is a frightening test of nerve, agility and speed. Eight metres in the air are a series of logs attached to chains that they must cross to ring the bell and win the challenge. Martina and Laura will go head to head in the hang bar, a test to see who can hold on the longest. They could also face each other in the high jump where the winner who records the highest jump takes the points. The final game the girls could face is “Bottle It”. Both contestants will have to drop a pea into a bottle from a height that is at least a metre high.

In the weeks to come stars will include British Olympic Athlete Rebecca Romero and Adrenalin Junkie Jack Osbourne, each taking on a different Challenger in a bid to Beat The Star.

Sunday, 26 April 2009, 6:45PM on ITV1

Student Laura Beardsmore tries to out hit Martina Hingis in this week’s Beat the Star. 

Back for a brand new series and hosted by Vernon Kay Beat The Star sees a courageous member of the public as the challenger take on a super competitive star as they go head to head in a series of physical and mental games – set to push the star and the challenger to their limits. 

If the challenger wins they leave with £50,000 if they lose they leave with nothing. If the star wins, they leave with their reputation intact and the money rolls over to the final show of the series which will see Vernon take on a surprise star with the prize money going to charity. 

Following on from Austin Healey’s last-gasp victory last week, Laura Beardsmore, a 22-year-old dentistry student from Leeds, will be challenging Tennis champion Martina Hingis, 28, for a chance to win the highly coveted prize of £50,000 and a chance to Beat the Star. 

Laura is a part-time waitress and is preparing to finish her degree in dentistry. Laura can turn her hand to any challenge, whether it is hockey, aikido or a pitting her wits in a general knowledge quiz. She also represents Leeds 1st XI hockey team and Great Britain for Aikido. 

Laura’s first question when meeting her opponent, Martina Hingis was: “Can I get her autograph?” When asked whether she feels as though she can beat Martina Hingis, her confidence is still sky high by replying “Definitely… I am very confident – I think I have everything I need to win.” 

Martina was the number one of women’s tennis with an amazing five Grand Slam titles and a Wimbledon title under her belt. Despite hanging up her racket 18 months ago there is no slowing down this centre court champion: she runs, horse rides and skis all at her home in Switzerland. 

Martina, ‘the smiling assassin’ says: “I try to keep fit by doing different things, I have my horses and skiing definitely keeps you fit.” 

The pair will go head to head in up to eight thrilling and unpredictable games, set to test them mentally and punish them physically. Vernon will oversee each of the games which he will reveal to the contestants only moments before they must undertake them.

This week’s games could include brand new strategy game ‘Broken Ladder’ which will test them physically and mentally. They have to climb a six metre ladder with three removable rungs to fit in as they go along. Grime Trial gives them three chances to get the fastest time in the dirt buggy and round the tricky track. 

Wood Walk is a frightening test of nerve, agility and speed. Eight metres in the air are a series of logs attached to chains that they must cross to ring the bell and win the challenge. Martina and Laura will go head to head in the hang bar, a test to see who can hold on the longest. They could also face each other in the high jump where the winner who records the highest jump takes the points. The final game the girls could face is “Bottle It”. Both contestants will have to drop a pea into a bottle from a height that is at least a metre high. 

In the weeks to come stars will include British Olympic Athlete Rebecca Romero and Adrenalin Junkie Jack Osbourne, each taking on a different Challenger in a bid to Beat The Star.

 

Sunday, 19 April 2009, 6:45PM on ITV1

Factory manager Glenn Clarke tackles rugby legend Austin Healey. 

Back for a brand new series and hosted by Vernon Kay Beat The Star sees a courageous member of the public as the challenger take on a super competitive star as they go head to head in a series of physical and mental games – set to push the star and the challenger to their limits. 

If the challenger wins they leave with £50,000 if they lose they leave with nothing. If the star wins, they leave with their reputation intact and the money rolls over to the final show of the series which will see Vernon take on a surprise star with the prize money going to charity. 

Kicking off the series is 43-year-old factory manager from London Glenn Clarke. He will tackle super fit and super competitive 35-year-old rugby legend Austin Healey. 

Glenn is 5’11 inches tall and weighs in at 13 and a half stones. He’s an operations manager in a sugar factory and has degrees in engineering and business. He is super fit and his main sport is BMI, British Military Fitness. He hopes this physical and mental training will be just what he needs to win Beat The Star. 

Glenn says when Austin is revealed as his opponent: “He is one of the people that I wouldn’t want to be against to be honest, an ex-rugby player.” He adds, “He’s a fantastic international, a great England player, not a great dancer…” 

Austin is 5’10 inches tall, 35-years-old, weighs in at 13 stone 10 lbs and spent five years as a winger for the England rugby squad earning 51 caps and scoring 22 tries for his country. Recently he’s been showing of his dancing skills and his ‘guns’ in Strictly Come Dancing. 

Austin says: “If you can cope with walking out on a stage and dancing, you’ll be able to do anything.” 

The pair will go head to head in up to eight thrilling and unpredictable games, set to test them mentally and punish them physically. Vernon will oversee each of the games which he will reveal to the contestants only moments before they must undertake them.

This weeks challenges include having to scale the heady heights of the now infamous ‘The Pole’ a terrifying ten metre high telegraph pole climb, the ‘Spud Run’ where Austin and Glenn must haul a truck across the studio, fill it with sacks of potatoes and then push it back across the finish line, and a scramble up the ‘Rat Run’, an eight metre high Perspex tower. The pair must race against each other to haul themselves up the inside of the tower using only pure strength and agility to reach and ring the bell at the top. 

In the weeks to come stars will include Wimbledon champion Martina Hingis, British Olympic athlete Rebecca Romero and Adrenalin Junkie Jack Osbourne. Each will take on a different challenger in a bid to Beat The Star.

 

Sunday 18 May 2008 6:45pm – 8:00pm

Emmerdale heartthrob Kelvin Fletcher has been at the centre of dramatic storylines in Emmerdale and is continuing to excite audiences as he becomes the latest celebrity to compete in Beat The Star.

This week’s show will see Kelvin go head to head with IT consultant Mick Mason from Longfield, Kent in a range of challenges which aim to push the players to their limits. Seven different games made up of physical and mental challenges right through to the downright quirky and daring will see this weeks contestants face to face in a basketball showdown, taking their driving skills to the max in a go-karting challenge and getting hands on by guessing the plastic farm animals while blindfolded.

35-year-old Mick is confident of his physical and mental ability and believes he can solve any problem that comes his way. Kelvin, who is better known as Emmerdale farmer Andy Sugden is a self confessed daredevil and is welcoming the challenge of Beat The Star.

With £50,000 at stake for Mick and pride and reputation on the line for Kelvin there is everything to play for.

Each of the challenges will be a complete surprise to the players giving them only seconds to prepare. Host Vernon Kay will be on hand to explain each round and encourage both contestants throughout. Will Kelvin’s acting skills come in handy as nerves take hold?

If Mick succeeds he will pocket £50,000 but if he is outplayed by Kelvin the prize money will roll over until next weeks prize fund when a new celebrity and challenger come face to face in Beat The Star. Will Micks mental agility place him as a winner or will Kelvins fearless attitude be the true decider?

Stars who will be appearing later in the series include Greg Rusedski and Martina Navratilova.

Sunday 11 May 2008 6:50pm – 8:05pm

Rugby legend Martin Offiah has proved he is a force to be reckon with on the pitch, but does this rugby league star have what it takes to see off this week’s challenger 27-year-old Pete Russell, a PE teacher from Poole?

‘Chariots’ is known for his tremendous running speed and is a lethal finisher on the field scoring over 500 tries during his illustrious career. This time the 42-year-old will be playing for his pride and his reputation. Martin will go head to head with our challenger Pete over seven different games made up of physical and mental challenges right through to the downright quirky and daring. This week the contestants will be scaling a 100 feet high wall, playing being lumberjacks when they race against each other to saw through a log and turning their hand to archery.

Standing a 6’1” and a self confessed fitness fanatic Pete spends his working day teaching sport in his local school – he’s been teaching for a over a year and loves his job. Martin is famed for his eye for a try, often making interceptions then racing the length of the field to score, his services to rugby were suitably rewarded in 1997 when he received an MBE at Buckingham Palace.
With a whopping £50,000 at stake for Pete and the pride and reputation on the line for Martin there is everything to play for.

Host Vernon Kay will be on hand to explain each round and encourage both contestants throughout the rounds. Each of the challenges will be a complete surprise to the players giving them only seconds to prepare.

Will Martin touch down as the winner or will Pete move to the top of the class and pocket the £50,000 prize fund for himself? If Martin succeeds the money rolls over until next week when a new celebrity and challenger come face to face in Beat The Star.

Stars who will be appearing later in the series include tennis ace Martina Navratilova, Emmerdale’s hunk Kelvin Fletcher (Andy Sugden) and tennis champion and newly accomlished ice dancer Greg Rusedski.

Beat The Star is a co-production by Diverse and Gallowgate exclusively for ITV1.

Sunday 4 May 2008 6:20pm – 7:35pm

Olympic swimmer Mark Foster has caused ripples recently by retiring from competitive swimming then making a fantastic comeback only to be selected for the Beijing 2008 games.

Before he heads off to represent his country Mark will be defending his reputation in this week’s Beat The Star. Mark will go head to head with investment banker Brenton Amedee over seven different games made up of physical and mental challenges right through to the downright quirky and daring. This week the contestants will be driving each other mad playing football with a car, seeing if they stomach each other in a huge flip over swing challenge and putting their grey matter to test in a general knowledge quiz against the clock.

Standing a 6’3” tall keen runner and fitness fanatic Breton works on a busy trading floor, due to the nature of his job he’s used to pressure and making logical and complex decisons on a daily basis. Mark is 4 x Olympian, 6 x World champion, 2 x Commonwealth champion, 10 x European champion and 8 x World record holder. Will Breton be able to Beat The Star?

With a whopping £50,000 at stake for Brenton and the pride and reputation on the line for Mark there is everything to play for.

Host Vernon Kay will be on hand to explain each round and encourage both contestants throughout the rounds. Each of the challenges will be a complete surprise to the players giving them only seconds to prepare.

Will Mark dive straight in and come up swimming or will Breton make a splash and pocket the £50,000 prize fund for himself? If Mark succeeds the money rolls over until next week when a new celebrity and challenger come face to face in Beat The Star.

Stars who will be appearing later in the series include tennis ace Martina Navratilova and Olympic meadalist and Tennis champion and newly skater accomlished ice dancer Greg Rudeski.

Beat The Star is a co-production by Diverse and Gallowgate exclusively for ITV1.

Sunday 27 April 2008 6:45pm – 8:00pm

Fresh on the heels of boxer Amir Khan, this week it’s the turn of cricketing legend Darren Gough to take up the challenge.

The “Dazzler” will go head to head against Chris Rainford, a firefighter from Chorley, over seven different games made up of physical and mental challenges right through to the downright quirky and daring. This week the contestants driving, climbing, and salami-slicing skills will all be put to the test.

Passionate about sport and fitness, Chris has been a firefighter for 22 years and was voted Fire Service Sports Personality Of The Year. Darren is England’s all-time highest wicket-taker in one-day internationals and is welcoming the challenge of Beat The Star.

With £100,000 at stake for Chris and the pride and reputation on the line for Darren there is everything to play for.

Host Vernon Kay will be on hand to explain each round and encourage both contestants throughout the rounds. Each of the challenges will be a complete surprise to the players giving them only seconds to prepare.

Will Darren bowl over his opponent or will Chris leave him stumped and pocket the £100,000 prize fund? If Darren succeeds the money rolls over until next week when a new celebrity and challenger come face to face in Beat The Star.

Stars who will be appearing later in the series include tennis ace Martina Navratilova and Olympic meadalist and World champion swimmer Mark Foster.

Beat The Star is a co-production by Diverse and Gallowgate exclusively for ITV1.

Sunday 20 April 2008 6:45pm – 8:00pm

Fresh from the ring and his 17th straight victory, boxing legend Amir Khan is about to take up a brand new challenge in the first of ITV1’s brand new prime time show Beat The Star.

Amir is reverred for his agilty, speed and power, but will this be enough as this time his opponent will be a formidable member of the public and the tasks at hand are far from a boxing ring bout.

The pair will go head to head over seven different games made up of physical and mental challenges right through to the downright quirky and daring. With £50,000 at stake for ‘the challenger’ and the pride and reputation on the line for ‘the star’ there is everything to play for.

Host Vernon Kay will be on hand to explain each round and encourage both contestants throughout the rounds. Each of the challenges will be a complete surprise to the players giving them only seconds to prepare.

5′ 10″ Amir will be facing 6′ 5″ Dan Ivey, a policeman from Plymouth who hits the gym five times a week and has won a police bravery award. However Dan shows his nerves when his surprise opponent is revealed as the great Amir Khan.

Amir says: “I’m always up for a challenge and I know that I’ll be up against somebody who thinks they can beat me. However this is going to be different. It’s not boxing training, it’s different events and different sports in this show so it’s a challenge for me and I want to go out there and see what it’s all about….I’m definately going to win, there’s no doubt about it.”

Amir has admitted his one Achilles heel is heights and this would be the one thing that could definitely knock his confidence, so looks like the climb to the top of a 10m metre high telegraph pole is going to come as a bit of a blow for him. “Stand on that for 30 seconds? I’d rather do 12 rounds with Mike Tyson than this,” he says.

Dan has recently completed a police advanced driving course and looks pleased when the Vernon reveals there will be a driving game. However steering a dune buggy through a mud sodden course, he might be in need of his flashing blue light.

So will Amir be able to take the knocks and keep his pride intact, or will Dan have him against the ropes and secure the prize fund of £50,000? If Amir succeeds the money rolls over until next week when a new star and challenger come face to face in Beat The Star when £100,000 is to play for.

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