Holly Willoughby show delayed: When will The Real Games start on ITV?

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Holly Willoughby, best known for hosting This Morning and Dancing on Ice, was ready to leave her partner in crime Phillip Schofield’s side for a new venture. The 39-year-old was going to be the face of The Real Games but unfortunately the show will be delayed. The question now though is when will viewers get to watch the sport-crazed show?

The Real Games was due to begin sometime in 2021 with Holly Willoughby and former international cricketer-turned presenter Freddie Flintoff co-presenting the series.

The game show will see 12 celebrities – six female and six male – take on a number of different Olympic-style challenges.

Famous faces would have been battling each other at events such as diving, the 100metre sprint and cycling.

Willoughby and Flintoff even had a sub-team to help them keep an eye on the stars.

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Former professional footballer Alex Scott was going to act as the trackside reporter, interviewing the celebrities before and after the events.

Meanwhile, Chris Kamara had already signed up to be the commentator for The Real Games.

No contestants have been announced but there have been a couple of rumours as to who could be taking part.

These include former Emmerdale actor Adam Thomas and Love Island runner-up Tommy Fury.

When will Holly Willoughby’s The Real Games start?

A start date for The Real Games hadn’t been announced but it was supposed to begin sometime in 2021.

However, the ITV series has now been postponed because of health and safety concerns caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

A source told The Sun: The Real Games is on pause because it’s not possible to film it under the current circumstances.

“They were planning on having group events, then changed it to single events and despite all the measures in place it’s just become a health and safety nightmare.

“It’s taken a lot of agonising but the bosses have decided to press pause and put the show on hold.

“Filming was supposed to begin in March but everyone booked to take part has been asked to stand down.

“They’re now putting in new dates and seeing if they can make the show happen this year.

“It’s a nightmare for everyone who has worked so hard to get this off the ground but ultimately, the safety of the crew and the celebs has to take priority.”

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A new release date hasn’t been revealed for The Real Games just yet.

Despite the creators attempting to get the show up and running later this year, there have been reports The Real Games will not be on our screens now until 2022.

Express.co.uk will update this article once more information has been announced.

The news comes just days after another ITV show had to be axed from the 2021 line-up.

Britain’s Got Talent will not be back this year thanks to the ongoing pandemic.

The show has been pulled to ensure “the wellbeing and health of every person involved in the programme”, according to ITV.

Judge Simon Cowell was expected to return following his back injury where he would have once again been joined by Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams.

Last year’s winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2020 was comedy singer-songwriter Jon Courtenay.

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