Phillip Schofield has hinted that Dancing On Ice could head back onto screens in the future.

The TV host is feeling optimistic that the show may return, in some form or another, in coming years.

“Ice-dancing is very popular in this country and, for me, ITV has the spiritual ownership of light entertainment skating, so there could be a new incarnation in years to come,” he said.

“We could change the format a bit, make the show a little edgier. Who knows? As it stands at the moment, we never want to do anything beyond its sell-by date, so we planned an amazing final series of Dancing On Ice, rather than allowing the show to be quietly cancelled.”

Ray Quinn skated to victory in the ninth and final series of ITV’s ice-skating show, which ended its run on March 9.

Phillip’s co-host Christine Bleakley is also feeling hopeful for a revamp.

“I can understand Jayne and Chris (Torvill and Dean) wanting to put the show to bed for a little while – it’s an all-consuming beast of a series for them – but it could come back in a different guise. Why not?” she said.

“It’s not for me to say how that would happen, but I know I’ll miss the show as a viewer – I always love that bit of sparkle after Christmas.”

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