Dancing On Ice's Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean banned from the ice

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Dancing On Ice’s Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have been banned from, err, dancing on ice.

Dancing on Ice will skate back onto screens as it makes a triumphant return to ITV in 2018 next Sunday night.

But it seems as though we shouldn’t expect to see former Olympic medallists Jayne and Chris on the ice this year.

“They haven’t insured us to go on the ice so they wouldn’t let us go on,” Chris told the Daily Star newspaper. “I think it’s just a standard contract. I don’t get it.”

Dancing On ice will return to TV on January 7 on ITV for its first series since 2014.

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.
Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.

Chris said: “We are really excited. It’s nearly four years since we left and we were ready for a break when it finished – that’s for sure. But after a couple of years, our feet started to get itchy and when there was some suggestion of it coming back, we got really excited.

“When ITV asked if we would be part of it, of course we said we would!”

Legendary skating duo Jayne and Christopher will be reunited with original hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on the show that sees celebrity skaters take to the ice in a bid to dance and dazzle their way to glory.

Holly said: “I can’t wait! There have been rumours the show was coming back for a couple of years and I was asked if I’d be interested if it were and obviously it was that bite your hand off kind of thing! Now it is, everyone does feel it is the right time to bring back DOI.”

Phillip added: “The team we have got in place is brilliant and it is a whole new show. Yes it has ice in the centre of it and there is a competition but it will look and feel different. There is a new studio, Jayne and Chris are on the panel and that frees up our professional dancers to choreograph.”

With a brand new cast of celebrities plucked from the world of TV, music and showbiz, a refreshed line up of skating professionals, a spectacular new set, and more
ambitious routines than ever before, the show’s revival will prove unmissable event television.

Ashley Banjo, Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Jason Gardiner
Ashley Banjo, Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Jason Gardiner

Torvill and Dean will both sit on a revamped ice panel alongside the formidable Jason Gardiner and choreographer extraordinare Ashley Banjo. ITV Racing’s Matt Chapman will commentate.

Having originally run on ITV between 2006 and 2014, the series pairs famous faces alongside professional skaters, who each week perform in a bid to impress both the panel and the viewers at home.

Dancing On Ice 2018 begins in January 7 at 6PM.

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