Ulrika Jonsson has signed up for brutal Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins

ULRIKA Jonsson will reveal another side to her – as she gets down and dirty on SAS: Who Dares Wins.

Shooting stars legend Ulrika has signed up to compete in the Channel 4 contest’s upcoming new series which will see her pushed to her limits both mentally and physically by hard-as-nails taskmaster Ant Middleton.

She will join competitors including 2014’s I’m A Celeb runner-up Jake Quickenden and Olympic double gold medallist rower James Cracknell, who have also agreed to tackle the challenge.

An insider said: “Ulrika is a huge signing for SAS and she’s ready to show the world just how tough she is.

“Her four kids encouraged her to give the show a whirl. In their eyes it’s really cool. It is the toughest show on TV but everyone who signs up ends up taking so much away with them.

“It’s really fulfilling so when Ulrika was asked she jumped at the chance.

“She is physically fit but has suffered back pain in the past because of a degenerative disc condition.

“The show might not be easy for her but she’s going to roll up her sleeves and really give it her all.”

A tight-lipped show spokesman would only comment: “In the best traditions of the SAS, this mission is confidential.

“However, full details will be released when the series broadcasts next year.”

The military-style test of resilience, won this year by Paralympian triathlete Lauren Steadman and Rudimental DJ Locksmith, is being filmed later this month and Ulrika will head into isolation with her co-stars beforehand to ensure that it is Covid-safe.

She has previously admitted that her back pain was so crippling, it felt as if acid was being poured down her spine.

So it will be inspiring to watch her take on this battle. May the best man — or woman — win.

Jodie is mine of stories

Jodie Whittaker stars in the first instalment of a new series of Who Do You Think You Are? next Monday – finding out how her ancestors were “scabs” who worked through miners’ strikes.

The Doctor Who actress’s great-granddad Edwin Auckland and four of his brothers defied walk-outs in 1921 and 1926, she learns on the BBC1 show.

Decades later his granddaughter, Jodie’s mum, was ostracised at school because of it.

But Jodie, who was raised in the former mining community of Skelmanthorpe, West Yorks, and now lives in London, was thrilled to discover her story.

She says: “I knew I was from a mining family but didn’t really know why, and as a Yorkshire woman that’s a really important thing to know.

“Where we originated from was fascinating, but then in full circle I’ve ended up within a few miles of where my grandma was brought up, and I didn’t know.

“The fact I’ve lived so close to a part of my history, that I have walked and driven past many times, and I didn’t know. That is mad.”

Fake-off for Paul

PAUL Hollywood mocks his famous handshake in an hilarious skit at the start of tonight’s Great British Bake Off.

Hosts Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding are seen on the Channel 4 show with a fake version of judge Paul’s hand – which Noel nicked from the baker’s dressing room.

Turning to Matt and reaching out the hand, Noel says: “It’s the Hollywood handshake. I’ll be Paul, ‘I really like your baps’.” As Matt shakes uncontrollably and Noel shouts, “It’s too powerful,” Paul walks into shot.

Turning to the pair, he says: “Everything all right, guys?

“You’ve not been playing with my handshake, have you? Because if you have . . . ”

As he finishes his sentence, Paul reveals a tiny hand and slaps both Paul and Noel, before wiping his brow and walking off. Comedy genius.

Becky's a royal success

A familiar face joins the cast of The Crown for the launch of the royal drama’s new series next month.

Rebecca Humphries, from BBC2 drama series Trigonometry, was dating comic Seann Walsh when he was caught snogging Strictly pro dance partner Katya Jones in 2018.

Now she will play Carol Thatcher in the Netflix hit.

Like Rebecca, the daughter of the late PM Margaret Thatcher has had her share of love troubles.

She was left broken-hearted in the 1970s when dumped by former Tory minister Jonathan Aitken.

Another newcomer to The Crown will be Angus Imrie as Prince Edward.

Angus is the son of Celia Imrie who is best known as a star of the late comic Victoria Wood’s shows. Which makes her borderline TV royalty.

Bad time Charlie

Charlie Luxton, host of All 4 property show Building The Dream, warns that the pandemic’s impact will be dwarfed by future environmental damage.

The architectural designer says: “We can carry on like this for another 30, 40 years, but it will quite quickly change. Our ways of life are going to be massively impacted.

“We now understand what a ‘massive impact on our daily lives’ means – but if you read the projections of what is going to happen in China (in terms of emissions), it makes coronavirus look like a walk in the park.”

Charlie has joined forces with gas and electricity supplier E.ON to suggest ways of making homes more sustainable.

bizbit

FORMER Made In Chelsea lothario Spencer Matthews was no girl magnet at school.

On his podcast Spencer And Vogue, with radio host wife Vogue Williams, he says: “I was this tubby kid who had no mates.”

Actor Dominic West has apologised to Good Morning Britain host Kate Garraway for mocking Donald Trump’s Covid on the show.

She said on air: “He was not aware [my husband] Derek had coronavirus. ”

Maisie looks pins sharp

EastEnders star Maisie Smith snaps a post-workout selfie – and reveals the legs she hopes will help her win the upcoming series of Strictly.

If Maisie – Tiffany Butcher in the BBC soap – is trying to scare her rivals, she has succeeded.

must watch

WHAT? Surgeons: At The Edge Of Life, BBC2, 9pm.

WHY? The docuseries is back for a third run, looking at pioneering surgeon David Jenkins. Watch him drain a patient’s body of blood to help remove clots in her lungs.

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