Channel 4 has ordered an urgent safety review of its winter reality series The Jump following a number of high profile injuries.
The action has been taken after Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle was taken to hospital after being seriously injured during training. She was air-lifted to hospital on Saturday (6 February) and had to undergo surgery to fuse fractured vertebrae. Her parents put out a statement revealing the operation was a success but she was in a lot of discomfort.
Broadcast from Austria and presented by Davina McCall, celebrities take part in a number of winter events such as the skeleton and the giant slalom. Only two episodes of the current series has been aired so far but a number of celebrities have already had to pull out after being injured.
“All winter sports carry some form of risk but in light of the number of injuries this year, Channel 4 has asked producers to review safety procedures again to further reduce the prospects of accident.” – Channel 4 statement
Former Holby City star Tina Hobley and Olympian Rebecca Adlington have also been injured out of the series. Ex-wife of Paul McCartney, Heather Mills, is rejoining as a replacement alongside The Wanted singer Tom Parker.