Twelve brave new celebrities will be getting their skates on this week as Dancing on Ice is back!

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby return as our rink-side hosts with ice-dancing legends Torvill & Dean back on the ‘ice panel’ alongside Ashley Banjo and Jason Gardiner.

Half of our dancing dozen will perform this week – Corrie actress Jane Danson, former Strictly pro James Jordan, Grease legend Didi Conn, TOWIE’s Gemma Collins, former Neighbours star Mark Little and X Factor finalist Saara Aalto – with the remaining six next week, which is also when the first skate-off will be.

Who could be the new Ray Quinn? Or, more importantly, Todd Carty?

TV Times rating: ****

Dancing on Ice

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean

TV Times met up with Jayne, 61 and Chris, 60, to find out more…

What do you make of this year’s line-up of celebrities?

Chris: It’s one of our strongest line-ups so far. There are some great characters and I think there will 
be some surprises. Back in October, 
we did a bootcamp-type session, which we’ve never done before, to teach the basic skills…

Jayne: On 
the first 
live show, we’ll be able to see who needs to work a bit harder and who has the potential to go all the way.
Can you give us any hints on who stood out for you?

Chris: No!

Jayne: Mmm… Nice try!

One of the show’s longest-serving professional skaters, fan favourite Dan Whiston, is creative director this series…

Chris: Yes, Dan will be working on the opening numbers 
of the show and, at the same time, overseeing choreography.
Dan’s the most successful pro on the show [he has won three times – with Gaynor Faye in series one, Hayley Tamaddon in season five and Beth Tweddle in series eight] 
so he has a great idea of what works.

Jayne: We’ll also have a bit more involvement than we did last year, in setting some challenges and doing some choreography…

Chris: It was hard for me not being able to do that last year. I was like 
a puppy, wanting to be where the action is and being told to sit! We may perform a bit more, too… We’ve got to do it while we still can, right?