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It can’t be any worse than Don’t Scare The Hare, so get ready for Zoe Ball and Ashley Banjo as they bring you BBC One’s latest entertainment series Can’t Touch This.

Can’t Touch This is described by the beeb as “a big, funny, physical action game show with a very simple premise – if you touch the prize, you win the prize. Contestants have to negotiate a larger-than-life assault course while simultaneously battling it out to touch the amazing prizes along the way. Comedian and broadcaster Sue Perkins will be commentating on all the action.

“I yelped with delight when I heard about Can’t Touch This. It’s epic on every front, like a life-size game of mousetrap for humans – who wouldn’t want to be fired from a catapult? It’s ace that our contestants don’t have to be the world’s best athletes; they’re all ages from 18 to 65. Don’t tell him but I’m a huge fan of Ashley Banjo. Stopping him from leaping off onto the travellator is my main task. You’ll watch it and want to have a go immediately. We are both so excited about the show!” – Zoe Ball

Viewers will be hoping its not a case of ‘we can’t watch this’ as the show becomes the latest in a long line of new entertainment format ideas. Most of which have become failed game show and entertainment formats which now lay scattered in the archives of both ITV and BBC One’s recent past. Unlikely to ever see the light of day again. Even old favourites have failed to appeal with ITV’s recent attempt at reviving singing sound-a-like contest Stars In Their Eyes failing to rate.

“I’ve never quite seen anything like Can’t Touch This; the sheer scale of it is immense! The concept sounds so simple – ‘touch the prize, win the prize’ – but the course is anything but! And due to the ‘chance’ element of some of the games, it really is anybody’s guess who will win, no matter how young or fit you are. With all the incredible prizes on offer, including a brand new car, contestants are literally falling head over heels to try and win them. Zoe and I have been crying with laughter watching them try but also really rooting for them to do well.” – Ashley Banjo

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