Tom Daley to host TV travel adventure series on ITV
Tuesday 06 August 2013
Olympic diving star Tom Daley is swapping backflips for backpacks as he heads around the world for a new TV series.
The bronze medallist is to head off for an adventure with his best friend Sophie Lee for the series in which he takes a whistle-stop tour of various tourist destinations.
During the ITV2 series he will visit countries such as Thailand, Japan, Australia, Morocco and New Zealand during six weeks of travelling.
Earlier this year Daley hooked up with ITV to coach a number of famous faces in celebrity diving show Splash! with Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards winning the series.
The 19-year-old will be seen heading to hostels and taking overnight train journeys as he takes a typical student backpacking trip. He will also take on challenges such as bungee jumping, as well as meeting up with friends such as Saturdays star Mollie King along the way.
Daley said: "I can't wait to get away on my trip. Diving and training are my first love, but I am looking forward to a break from the norm and discovering more about places I've never had the chance to explore before. And to do it all with my best friend will be amazing."
ITV director of digital channels Angela Jain said: "Tom's career as a diver has captivated the nation. We hope this show will give people the chance to see the teenager behind the trunks as he enjoys his global backpacking adventure."
Final Top Gear reviewTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Isis propaganda video shows 25 Syrian soldiers executed by teenage militants in Palmyra
- 2 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 3 Optical illusion turns blue demon into brunette
- 4 Right to die: Belgian doctors rule depressed 24-year-old woman has right to end her life
- 5 The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed
Top 20 films that make you feel good
This is surely the best way to watch Jaws
19 British bands signed to indie labels are getting government grants to help them make it big abroad
James Blunt was special guest on the highest-rating Top Gear episode ever
What if Nicolas Cage played every character in Game of Thrones?
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll